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Nurse praised for off-duty care and compassion at collision

25/08/2017

Paul Cullen, Danielle Wright and Becci Bryant
Paul Cullen, Danielle Wright and Becci Bryant

A woman has been commended for her actions at the scene of a serious road traffic collision.

"Danielle is commended for her incredibly selfless actions. Danielle stopped to offer help, facing a very difficult and distressing situation. She could have easily driven by the collision but she didn’t, she went to extra lengths to care for a complete stranger and supported him right up until he was airlifted to hospital."

Station Manager Paul Cullen

Danielle Wright, an off-duty nurse from Birmingham, attended Barton-under-Needwood Community Fire Station on Monday August 21 where she was presented with a commendation by Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant.

On Tuesday May 9 Danielle was travelling along the A38 near Barton-under-Needwood when she stopped to offer help at the scene of a collision.

A silver Volkswagen had left the northbound carriageway at the junction with Catholme Lane, Wychnor, and collided with a bridge, leaving all five occupants injured.

Station Manager Paul Cullen was travelling along the same stretch of road when the report of the collision came over the radio and was therefore first to arrive, prior to any other emergency service staff. He found four casualties lying in the road and one still in the car.

Paul began to try to triage the casualties in anticipation of paramedics arriving when he was approached by Danielle who told him she was an off-duty nurse and asked if she could do anything to help. Paul asked Danielle to monitor the driver who was the most significantly injured. She did this and when paramedics arrived she worked alongside them and stayed with the man until he was airlifted to hospital for treatment to a suspected broken femur and broken pelvis.

Station Manager Paul Cullen said: “Danielle’s actions made huge difference to the worst casualty in this incident. When I arrived at the scene there were multiple casualties and having an extra pair of hands to help care for them until paramedics arrived was an immense relief.

“In light of this, Danielle is commended for her incredibly selfless actions. Danielle stopped to offer help, facing a very difficult and distressing situation. She could have easily driven by the collision but she didn’t, she went to extra lengths to care for a complete stranger and supported him right up until he was airlifted to hospital.

“Her actions and words will have given great comfort to the man who was in a great deal of pain and we recognise her for her compassion.”