Top bravery award for Buxton ambulance duo

Ambulance technician Joanne Taylor, W H Bence sales director Oliver Brown, awards host Baroness Browning and paramedic Louise Smith.
Ambulance technician Joanne Taylor, W H Bence sales director Oliver Brown, awards host Baroness Browning and paramedic Louise Smith.

Two Buxton women who work together as an ambulance crew have won the Ambulance Service Institute Special Incident Award at a glittering ceremony at the House of Lords in London.

Joanne Taylor and Louise Smith were involved in a road accident in November 2009 in which a vehicle hit their ambulance in bad weather.

The award is the third they have won for their actions on the day and comes on top of a commendation from the chief executive of the East Midlands Ambulance Service and a 2015 Derbyshire Pride Award.

Joanne, 47, of Dove Holes, said: “I know it’s a cliché but we were just doing our job - you don’t really think about it until it all goes quiet.”

“It’s really nice to get these awards for the ambulance service as you don’t usually hear a lot of good news stories about us.”

Sadly two people in the car that was in collision with them died, while Joanne was left with burns and Louise sustained a serious head injury.

Despite this, they were able to react quickly and professionally to move their own patient to safety before tending to the people in the other vehicle - all before even beginning to think of themselves.

The pair made the trip to the House of Lords in London for the ceremony on Thursday June 25 and Joanne says the trip to collect it was very special.

She said: “The award ceremony was beautiful - we took our families, had special uniforms made and had afternoon tea.”