Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has recognised members of the public for their bravery at a serious incident.
“Chris and the off duty nurse put themselves at risk to rescue the man from the wreckage of the plane. If the fuel had ignited both they and the pilot would have suffered serious injury or been killed."
Chris Lamb, aged 49 from Stafford was awarded a commendation during a ceremony at Uttoxeter Community Fire Station on Monday March 26. An off duty nurse who also helped at the incident was also commended but was unable to attend the event.
On the morning of Monday August 28 2017 a light aircraft crashed into a field near Blithfield Reservoir, Abbots Bromley, whilst Chris, the nurse and others were cycling alongside the field. They saw the plane come down and went to help.
It was initially difficult to find the crashed plane due to the tall maize in the field, but Chris and the nurse shouted to the pilot from the edge of the field to find him. When they located the plane they faced a dangerous rescue situation, where the seriously injured pilot was amidst the smoking wreckage which was leaking fuel.
Recognising the immediate danger of fire, Chris pulled the pilot away from the wreckage before working with the nurse to give him first aid care. Together with other cyclists, they worked to stabilise his fractures and strapped him to a section of fencing, using a belt and cycle inner tubes. The group carried the immobilised pilot to the air ambulance landing site. It is believed he is still receiving treatment after undergoing extensive surgery.
Toby Wilson, Southern Service Delivery Group Manager, said: “This incident could have so easily resulted in the man’s death but thanks to the quick thinking actions of these strangers his life was saved.
“Chris and the off duty nurse put themselves at risk to rescue the man from the wreckage of the plane. If the fuel had ignited both they and the pilot would have suffered serious injury or been killed.
“They both showed incredible compassion and kindness, going to the pilot’s aid to get him away from the plane and caring for him until paramedics arrived.
“The pair are awarded commendations for their incredible bravery and selfless actions on that morning in August.”