Ambulance Hero awarded by Royal Humane Society for lifesaving

Paramedic Stephen Tate receives prestige award for saving a lady in cardiac arrest

Paramedic Stephen Tate has received an award from the Royal Humane Society which is awarded to individuals for their acts of bravery in the saving of human life, for his heroic actions when a member of the public collapsed with a cardiac arrest in a supermarket on Christmas Eve last year.

Stephen Tate has received a prestigious commendation by the Royal Humane Society, in which The Queen is Patron of, for attending to Catherine Maguire when she collapsed with a cardiac arrest whilst out with her husband and three young daughters.

Stephen who has been a Paramedic for almost 20 years, was off duty and at the checkout at Sainsbury’s when he saw the supermarket first aiders doing CPR on Catherine, he instantly went over to offer his assistance and took over CPR before administering two shocks with the defibrillator before rapid response paramedic Sarah Ulph, who happened to be refuelling at the supermarket arrived.

At the beginning of this year, Stephen and Sarah were reunited with Catherine, her family and the first aiders at Sainsbury’s supermarket. 

Stephen received the award at an awards ceremony presented by Durham Police, Detective Chief Superintendent Adrian Green.

Stephen said: “I didn’t expect to receive an award as I was just doing my duty as a paramedic. It was a pleasure to be reunited with the family and I felt really appreciated by them. It was a great outcome and I was so glad to see Catherine doing so well after such a scary situation for all of the family at what should have been a special time of the year. I am certainly very proud to have received this award and I always just try my best.”

Clinical Care Manager, Tim McDonald attended the awards ceremony with Stephen. Tim said: “Stephen is one of our finest paramedics and I am extremely proud of him for receiving this award. He upholds the trusts values both on and off duty and his award is well deserved.”

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