Two Coventry paramedics caught up in knifepoint incident handed bravery awards  - The Coventry Observer

Two Coventry paramedics caught up in knifepoint incident handed bravery awards 

Holly Clement 21st Jun, 2024 Updated: 21st Jun, 2024   0

TWO PARAMEDICS from Coventry and Warwickshire have been awarded the Chief Officer’s Commendation after being sent to a ‘concern for welfare’ call which took a turn for the worse.

On arrival Sam McCreanor and Christine Davies saw an elderly lady at the window whom they asked to open the door, but after a couple of minutes that had not happened.

They attempted to make contact through the letterbox to check everything was okay and were alarmed when they heard a call of ‘let go of me’ which was followed by panicked shouts of ‘he’s got a knife’ and ‘he’s been stabbed’.

The door suddenly opened and they were faced with an elderly woman who was being grabbed and restrained at knifepoint.

After activating their emergency button, Christine grabbed the lady to try and pull her away whilst Sam tried to remove the man’s grip from her.

They stayed in the locked ambulance and waited for police to arrive.




A second man was inside the property, who had been stabbed, but as backup arrived he was able to be taken to hospital.

Over 700 guests were present for the awards ceremony including the Vice-Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Louise Bennett OBE, and the High Sheriff of the County of Warwickshire, Mrs Rajvinder Kaur Gill.


High Sheriff of the County of Warwickshire, Mrs Rajvinder Kaur Gill, said: “Every second counts in this line of work, it can make the difference between life and death.

“Everyone throughout the organisation, frontline, support staff and back office, all show unwavered commitment, skill and compassion every single day and it is only right to recognise their extraordinary efforts.”

In total, 57 members of staff were recognised for having given 20 years of service to West Midlands Ambulance Service, 17 staff were commended for 25 years’ service, 18 received certificates for 30 years’ service, nine members of staff were honoured for 35 years in the Trust whilst two celebrated the incredible landmark of 40 years of service.

Other awards to be handed out included Student Paramedic of the Year, Mentor Awards, Apprenticeship Awards, Community Initiative and Partnership Awards, St John Ambulance Awards; Community First Responder (CFR) Long Service Awards and CFR of the Year.

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