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Award for paramedics who rescued man’s arm

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 05, 2014

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MIDLANDS Air Ambulance is celebrating after being named ‘Air Ambulance Team of the Year’ for saving the life of a man whose arm was stuck in machinery in Barton under Needwood.

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity was given the accolade at the recent Ambulance Service Institute Awards which hosted at a prestigious ceremony at the House of Lords.

Midlands Air Ambulance paramedics Ian Walley, Fay Pollock and Katherine Ellis, plus Midlands Air Ambulance doctor David Balthazar, alongside pilots from Bond Air Services, Graham Cannell and James Benson, received the accolade.

They were recognised for their roles in a particularly challenging and dangerous agricultural incident in Barton-Under-Needwood where Midlands Air Ambulance aircrews from RAF Cosford and Tatenhill also attended.

On receiving the award, Ian Walley said: “I’m highly honoured to have this in my hands. I am representing the two crews, the fire department and the agricultural people who were on scene at the time – all attempting the same thing which was the rescue of an individual trapped.”

The incident happened in November when the team was called out to a 36-year-old man whose arm was trapped in machinery on a farm.

Emergency crews battled for two and a half hours in a bid to free a man’s arm from machinery and he was flown to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire for emergency surgery.

Hanna Sebright, chief executive for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, said: “At Midlands Air Ambulance we pride ourselves at being at the forefront of delivering the very best emergency pre-hospital patient care, and I am extremely proud of our aircrew who received the award.”

The Ambulance Service Institute (ASI) Awards recognise those working in the pre-hospital care sector who have gone above and beyond what is expected in their commitment to saving lives.

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