Hero firemen given life saving award

From left to right are  crew commander Ian Harrop, crew commander Julian King, temporary Chief Superintendant Owen West and firefighter Gavin Shaw.
From left to right are crew commander Ian Harrop, crew commander Julian King, temporary Chief Superintendant Owen West and firefighter Gavin Shaw.
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Firefighters who saved the life of a man who was left critically injured after his lorry flipped on its side in Elland have received a prestigious award.

Members of the Elland Blue Watch crew have been given a top honour from the Royal Humane Society for saving the life of Malcolm Mort, who was bleeding to death on the Calderdale Way.

Lorry crash on Calderdale Way, August 28, 2012

Lorry crash on Calderdale Way, August 28, 2012

The crew - incuding crew commander Ian Harrop and firefighter Gavin Shaw - were carrying out routine fire safety work in August 2012 when they spotted Mr Mort’s overturned lorry and rushed to his aid.

Off-duty firefighter crew commander Julian King was also travelling in the other direction with first aid equipment in his vehicle and stopped to help. And Dr Andy Lockey, a consultant in emergency medicine, was also travelling on the bypass.

They all worked together to save the life of Mr Mort, who practically had his arm seathered in the horrific crash.

And those actions have now been recognised by the RHS. Calderdale District’s temporary Chief Superintendent Owen West, who presented Mr Harrop, Mr King and Mr Shaw with their RHS certificates, said: “All emergency services continue to face changing risks and challenges, however our fundamental purpose will always be to save life and give assistance in times of need.”

Station commander Gareth Atkins, for Halifax District, added: “We are extremely proud of the actions of our crew. The incident was an excellent example of all the initial responders and medical services working together to provide the best care possible.”