A Staffordshire community first responder has won a top award for his swift action coming to the aid of a child attacked by a dog.
Craig Singleton, from Gnosall and District Community First Responders, was presented with an Ambulance Service Institute award at the House of Lords.
Mr Singleton, a teacher at Oldbury Wells School, in Bridgnorth, was for his calm and swift response at an incident in Gnosall involving an 18 month-old child who had been attacked at home by the family dog – a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
The dog had suddenly attacked the child and torn the right side of his face. Mr Singleton, as the local CFR, was first on scene and commenced treating the child with oxygen before the ambulance arrived. He continued to assist the crew then left the scene and the patient in the safe hands of the ambulance paramedics.
The crew were impressed by Mr Singleton’s actions and his assistance at what was a very difficult situation and asked for him to be nominated for an award for his calm and swift actions.
Mr Singleton said: “It was a traumatic experience. At the time when I was in the house with the family, and when the paramedics arrived, I kept everything together but when I got outside it hit me how traumatic it was."
But he said he felt "slightly embarrassed" about gaining an award.
"It could have been anybody who turned out," he said. "The West Midlands Ambulance Service training is fantastic – we are all prepared for that sort of thing and the support I got was fantastic afterwards.”
Presenting the awards, Lord Ian McColl said: “It’s been a great joy for me to be here and to hear all the amazing things that you have done. It must have been absolutely horrendous; some of the situations you have had to deal with. We are just so grateful that you risk your lives to do all these wonderful things. Greater love hath no man who gives his life for another – or risks doing so.”
Mr Singleton is pictured, centre, wearing a grey suit, with colleagues and other award winners, from left, Ian Roberts (Acting Air Operations Manager of Midlands Air Ambulance), D. David Balthazar, Louise Ormsby, Anthony Marsh, Ian Walley, Sir Graham Meldrum (Chairman of West Midlands Ambulance Service), Tony Yeaman (Non-Executive Director of West Midlands Ambulance Service), Adam Layland (Senior Contract Manager, Non-emergency Services), Kat Ellis, Victoria Tufail (Community Response Manager for Staffordshire) and Elizabeth Davies, Assistant Area Manager for University Hospital Birmingham Patient Transport Service