Horror crash saviour in line for top award

AN incredibly brave Conisbrough man has been nominated for a Pride of Britain award, after risking his own life in a bid to save others.

Emergency Medical Technician Richard Mitchell from Conisbrough and Rotherham paramedic Pete Cownley are in the running for the ITV1 Daybreak’s Emergency Services Award as part of the Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards.

In an astonishing act of courage, ambulance workers Richard and Pete put themselves in grave danger to save the lives of two strangers trapped in a burning car.

At a car crash in Rotherham, the men were confronted with the horror of a two car collision, with one car in flames.

Without hesitation, the men raced to the burning, smoke-filled car, where two unconscious people were trapped inside.

Richard dragged the driver to safety while Pete struggled to free the second occupant through the passenger door. They got free 30 seconds before the car was destroyed. The men then gave emergency treatment until help arrived.

Richard said: “We had to weigh up in seconds what needed to be done – we acted instinctively”.

South Yorkshire Police Chief Inspector Stuart Walne praised the men’s “extraordinary bravery”. The winner of the award will be announced tomorrow, September 30.