AN HEROIC ambulance-worker from Hucknall, who saved the life of a pensioner by pulling him from his burning home, has been crowned the nation’s Paramedic Of The Year.
Andy Gibson (48) risked his own life to rescue the 91-year-old — after initially being told not to respond to a call to the property because it wasn’t classed as a category A emergency.
Thankfully Mr Gibson, who was in a fast-response vehicle, decided to check on the man at the property in Kirkby-in-Ashfield anyway because he was close by.
The pensioner had pressed his lifeline button — a device elderly residents can use when they get into difficulty.
Everything initially seemed fine until Mr Gibson, who is based at Hucknall Ambulance Station on Annesley Road, touched the door at the home on Clumber Street.
“It was quite warm,” said Mr Gibson. “The place was full of smoke and I could see the fire across the other side of the room.
“There was only about two or three feet of visibility, so I shouted to him. When he called back, I crawled in and dragged him out.”
Mr Gibson saved the man from the living-room fire. The pensioner suffered burns from the heat and was treated in hospital for smoke inhalation.
Mr Gibson also suffered burns on his hand and, as he described it, “a fuzzy head”.
He too received hospital treatment and was discharged after three hours. But he was back at work the next day at 7 am for his usual shift.
Now he has been honoured at the House Of Lords with the Paramedic/Emergency Care Practitioner Of The Year accolade.
The Ambulance Service Institute (ASI) award was presented by Baroness Angela Browning.
Mr Gibson, who has been a paramedic for 12 years, displays the prize in his dining room and is proud of the honour. Modestly, he believes he only did what anyone else would have done in the same position.
OUR PHOTO shows Mr Gibson receiving his award from Baroness Browning.