Heroes - Not just for one day.

For those who respond; each and every call as we know can be challenging and present with hidden dangers.

However, there are those calls in which responding emergency crews knowingly position themselves in danger to help save life.

We aim to provide through research; a historical record of those ambulance staff who have gone that extra mile and been recognised through Service Commendations or by the Liverpool Shipwreck & Humane Society for their bravery and selfless efforts in saving lives.
Stephen Clarke
Ronnie May
26th September 1979
It was resolved unanimously that the best thanks of the Committee be presented to Stephen Clarke of Merseyside Ambulance Service for having with another, crawled into a car onto which part of a gable end wall had collapsed, and under imminent threat of the wall's total collapse, rescued a policeman who was trapped, in Duke Street, Liverpool, on the 1st November 1978.
Brian Peters
1st April 1981
Courageously rescued a man who was threatening to jump from an 8th floor window in a block of flats in Everton.
Walter Adam
18th July 1983
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The thanks of the committee be presented to Walter Adam together with the Society's Bronze General Medal, for having courageously climbed 70 feet up an electricity pylon in Scholes Lane playing fields, St Helens, and brought down to safety a mentally subnormal youth on 18th July 1983.
Malcolm Scott
Ray Lunt
July 1985
Courageously rescued a workman buried in a collapsed trench despite the threat of a further landslip above them.
Bobby Graham
Ray Lunt
September 1987
Courageously responded to, rescued under shelter and treated two seriously injured gunshot victims whilst under threat of fire from the still active gunman; in Huntley Road, Liverpool.
Stephen Clarke
Ronnie May
Mike Jackson
John Jennings
10th July 1989
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It was resolved unanimously that the best thanks of the Committee be presented to Stephen Clarke, Leading Ambulanceman, for having, with others, courageously entered a partially collapsed building in Mannering Road, Aigburth, in order to attend to a trapped & seriously injured man, on Monday, 10th July, 1989.
Stuart Ryall
3rd December 1990
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It was resolved unanimously that the thanks of the committee be presented for having, with others, rescued a woman from a precarious position on the fourth floor balcony of the Port of Liverpool Building.
Dave Sullivan
20th June 1996
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Having courageously rescued a man from a precarious position on top of an iron bridge over Utting Avenue East, Liverpool 11.

Queens Commendation for Bravery

Pete Ditcham
Shaun McAteer
Doug Bailey
Mike Kay
December 1990
Courageously rescued and treated several gunshot victims, including one fatality, whilst under threat of fire from the still active gunman; in Webbs Lane Middlewich Cheshire.

All 4 staff received Chief Officers Commendation, the ASU Bravery Award and Her Majesty the Queen Commendation for Bravery.
Barry Lane
7th January 1998
Rescued 3 occupants from dense smoke and fire in a house in Northfield Road, Bootle.
Stephen McBride
Mark Brookes
15th October 1997
Rescued a man from a precarious position on a bridge over a railway line at Fazakerley.

Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society

"Steeped in history dating back to 1783 the Liverpool Shipwreck & Humane Society makes honorary awards of medals, parchments, certificates and letters of commendation to people who voluntarily put their own lives or safety at risk by saving or attempting to save other people who are in danger in cases of shipwreck, drowning, fire or any other hazards.

Although there is no specific boundary defining the area over which the Society has jurisdiction, by general agreement with the Royal Humane Society, the Liverpool Shipwreck & Humane Society nowadays restricts its activities to rescues arising in Merseyside, Lancashire and Cheshire, or anywhere at sea if the vessel involved is Liverpool registered (or the person lives in the Merseyside, Lancashire or Cheshire area)".


Reflection is a valuable tool in helping us learn from the past, appreciate how others have pushed the boundaries of how a modern Ambulance Service is delivered and at all times try and improve.

Some of the selfless acts that are described on this page were done in a world before strict Health and Safety processes were in place, there were no mobile radios or telephones and the only Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on a front line ambulance unit was a sleevless fluorescent jacket and a construction site style helmet. RVP’s and inner cordons were often an afterthought and it was the done thing just to go in.

PPE is a great example of how things have developed for the better. If you look at the modern PPE that Paramedic Units and the specialised Hazardous Area Resonse Team (HART) now wear it portrays a great professional image and makes retired and serving members proud.