St John Ambulance

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St John Ambulance is a Foundation of the Order of St John and is a leading first aid, transport and care charity. It has a global membership of approximately 250,000 in 39 countries and has diversified to meet local community needs around the world. [4]


Lifesaving Medal of the Order of St John

The Lifesaving Medal of the Order of St John is awarded to a person who has endangered their own life with conspicuous bravery by saving, or attempting to save, someone else.

McCARTHY DanielPC1910Alexandra Dock and RailwayOn 2nd July 1909, for conspicuous bravery on the occasion of Newport Docks Disaster.

See StoryBank: The Newport Docks Disaster.


Meritorious First Aid Awards

KERIN Michael
PC1979BTP BrightonThe officers gave resuscitation to a collapsed man at Brighton Station on 11th July 1978 thereby saving his life.
COPPERTHWAITE WilliamPC1966BTP Liverpool StreetOn 8th September 1965 a woman's legs were severed after she fell Liverpool Street between the platfrom and a moving train at Liverpool Street Station. PC Copperthwaite applied emergency first aid under the train and then remained under the train with her as it was moved away.
GORDON KevinPC1977BTP VictoriaPC Gordon gave artificial respiration to a man who collapsed at Victoria Station. Despite being advised by a nurse the cause was hopeless. The officer persisted and the man's life was saved.
HARTLEY W.PC1955BTC HullFor rendering first aid to a fellow Police Officer who had fallen 30ft into a quarry whilst chasing a suspect.
HINSELWOOD GeorgePC1965BTP EustonOn 27th January 1965 PC Hinselwood received a call that a tunnel miner had been injured whilst excavating the new Victoria Underground Line. The officer descended 200 feet in a mining bucket and then had to walk a quarter of a mile to the tunnel face. The injured man was trapped on a narrow ledge and PC Henselwood had to administer first aid from the top of a ladder. He then managed to release the casualty and went with him on the mining bucket up the shaft to the surface.
KIRK HPC1960BTC HullOn 27th June 1960 a docker was driving an engine along a jetty at Salt End, Hull when it derailed and fell into the deep mud of the dock below. The driver was trapped in the cab but was extricated by PC Kirk who had waded through 100ft of thigh high mud to reach him. Despite being trapped in the mud himself PC Kirk managed to rescue and provide firs aid to the man who had broken his leg and several ribs.
McWILLIAM H.PC1952BTC GlasgowFor rendering first aid to seven railwaymen injured in a train collision on 14th November 1951.
MONKS JohnPC1956BTC NottinghamOn 3rd April 1956 PC Monks rushed to the scene of an accident where a railwayman had been hit by a train and had a severed leg. The officers prompt first aid action undoubtedly saved the mans life.
RONEY Thomas LangtonProbationary PC1955BTC Rose Grove, BurnleyOn 26th October 1954, for rendering prompt and efficient first aid treatment to a railway servant who was badly injured and whose leg was later amputated. Medical opinion was that the officer may well have saved the injured man's life.
SHARE FrankPS1977BTP Parkeston QuaySgt Share attended a Road Traffice Accident within the docks and gave first aid to a motor cyclist who had a partially severed leg. The officers prompt action saved the limb from having to be amputated.
SMITH DavidPC1988BTP CoventryOn 8th May 1986 PC Smith was called to the station toilets at Coventry where a man had attempted to hang himself after cutting his wrists. The officer removed the ligature and provided first aid which saved the man's life.
SMITH P JPC1960BTC LeicesterWhen off duty the officer came across an accident where a four year old girl had been knocked over by a motor bike. He gave the girl artificial respiration until an ambulance arrived then comforted the motor-cyclist who was suffering from shock. The hospital later said that the officer had undoubtedly saved the child's life.
PS1987BTP LeicesterThe officers resuscitated and saved the life of a man who had collapsed at Leicester Station on 18th July 1986.

[4] Source: St John Ambulance