Prince William hails ‘astonishing courage’ of paramedics stabbed in line of duty at Sun’s Who Cares Wins awards


PRINCE William tonight honoured two paramedic heroes at  The Sun’s Who Cares Wins awards — marvelling at how they run in the route of hazard when others would flip away.

Watched by a star-studded viewers, together with David Beckham and the PM, the Duke generally known as Deena Evans and Mick Hipgrave “truly heroic”.

Prince William handing the award to the deserving winners of the 999 Hero classCredit: Paul Edwards
Deena Evans and Mick Hipgrave won the 999 Hero award
Deena Evans and Mick Hipgrave gained the 999 Hero awardCredit: Paul Tonge
Prince William hailed the two paramedics who put their life on the line
Prince William hailed the 2 paramedics who put their life on the lineCredit: Getty

They virtually died as quickly as they have been stabbed by an assailant brandishing 8in knives on what they thought is perhaps an frequently 999 establish.

William, who answered emergencies himself as an air ambulance pilot, prompt a captivated viewers at The Sun awards that 999 responders “must face their deepest fears”.

Deena and Mick, who thought they may bleed to demise in the carnage, confirmed “the most astonishing level of courage to overcome obstacles in front of them”.

Presenting the award after a chat with England legend Becks, Wills talked about: “Every day our emergency companies deal with high-pressured, troublesome conditions.

“When most of us would, fairly naturally, flip away and search security, our emergency responders rise to the event — working straight in the route of the hazard to produce essential and sometimes life-saving help.

“Very modestly, they may inform you that this doesn’t make them heroes, and it’s all carried out in the set up of duty.

“But typically a state of affairs will happen that checks the resolve of even mainly basically essentially the most skilled responder.

“In times like these, they must face their deepest fears and find the most astonishing level of courage to overcome the obstacles in front of them. And that is truly heroic.

“The winners of this award faced just such a situation, but I am delighted to say they survived and are here this evening.”

The Duke of Cambridge launched a video by Bear Grylls to “tell us their incredible story” ahead of welcoming them on stage.

Tearful viewers members, together with Gary Lineker and Kate Garraway, stood to applaud.

Other heroes and their unbelievable tales will likely be revealed when the ceremony at the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm, North London, is confirmed on Channel 4 this Sunday.  

William prompt Mick and Deena: “It’s very impressive, the way you’re all here in spite of everything you’ve had to deal with. Thank goodness you’ve got each other.”

Prince William descibed the horrifying attack, as a video of it played out behind him
Prince William descibed the horrifying assault, as a video of it carried out out behind himCredit: Simon Jones
The pair thanked the crowd after getting the award for their heroic acts
The pair thanked the group after getting the award for his or her heroic actsCredit: Simon Jones

Mick, 52, fought as soon as extra tears as he talked about: “This isn’t a job for me, this is a way of life and I love working for the NHS.”

Deena talked about: “They say the frequent specific individual sees three traumas in their lifetime, whereas a paramedic sees 300.

“So this is for every paramedic that sees 300 traumas and has to deal with this.”

One of the youngest nominees, up for the Young Hero award, was Lucas Palmer, eight, who dived correct proper right into a freezing river to keep away from losing tons of brother Louis, 4.

William prompt him: “It must have been very scary for you. You’re a very, very brave boy.”

Our prestigious awards — sponsored by The National Lottery — recognise medics, scientists and members of most of the individuals who present distinctive and selfless braveness.

Boris Johnson met Phoebe Sinclair, 9, who acquired a prosthetic “Hero Arm” from award nominees Joel Gibbard MBE and Samantha Payne MBE — founders of Open Bionics.

He talked about: “Well done to The Sun. Fantastically well done to everyone, don’t we all need this?”

Michael was stabbed in the back while on a 999 callout
Michael was stabbed in the as soon as extra whereas on a 999 callout
Deena was stabbed once in the chest close to her heart
Deena was stabbed as rapidly as in the chest near her coronary coronary coronary heart

Chancellor Rishi Sunak added: “It was a tearful evening but also inspiring.”

The heroic pair have been attacked on a routine establish out as quickly as they have been generally known as to the house of Martyn Smith, 53, who had not been seen by his mom for 3 days.

With cops accompanying them, the doorway door was eradicated when nobody answered. Deena — who has three ladies aged seven, 12 and 13 — talked about of the July 2020 establish: “We had no motive to suspect one factor untoward or harmful.

“His mum was really very worried so we decided it was very important to force entry and make sure he was safe.”  

But as Deena stepped inside, Smith jumped out from behind the kitchen door wielding two kitchen knives. She recalled: “One slashed the aspect of my chest and one went into my chest.

“At first, I didn’t realise I’d been stabbed.  Shock and adrenaline took over and I thought he’d punched me.”  

The Prince hailed the paramedics for their courage in the face of danger
The Prince hailed the paramedics for his or her braveness in the face of hazardCredit: Paul Edwards
The heroic pair were attacked on a routine call out and miraculously survived
The heroic pair have been attacked on a routine establish out and miraculously survivedCredit: Arthur Edwards / The Sun

Mick then threw himself in entrance of Deena, and was slashed all via his as soon as extra.

The dad of 5, from Coalbrookdale, Shrops, talked about: “My pure intuition was to aim to defend her. I jumped in entrance and tried to push her out of one of the best ways in which.  In doing so, he stabbed me in the as soon as extra.

“I could see the stab wound and it looked very serious.”

As police stormed the home, the pair staggered into the yard, the place they collapsed on the grass.

Deena, who had a severed nerve and a punctured lung. talked about: “I protect in ideas seeing blood pouring out of me. I assumed I used to be going to die.

“Mick saved saying he wouldn’t let me die.  I protect in ideas grabbing one of officer and saying, ‘Please don’t let me die. I’ve three youngsters’.

“I picked up my radio and pressed the control button so everybody could hear and was asking them to help Mick.”  

Who Cares Wins awards

The Who Cares Wins awards honour individuals who have helped take care of the nation.

Here are the teachings:

  • 999 Hero
  • Best Charity
  • Best Doctor
  • Best Midwife
  • Best Nurse
  • Groundbreaking Pioneer
  • Mental Health Hero
  • National Lottery Award
  • Ultimate lifesaver
  • Unsung Hero
  • Young Hero

They have been rushed to the trauma unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. When Deena purchased proper right here spherical, she feared Mick had died.

She talked about: “I couldn’t see Mick and I started worrying that his ­accidents had been worse than mine and he’d died.

“They pulled the curtain back next to me and I could see him in the bed next to mine. Honestly, I’ve never been so relieved.”

Deena had surgical course of to empty a blood clot from her chest. She talked about: “It was so painful. I remember grabbing the nurse and saying, ‘I’ve had enough, I want to die. I can’t take any more’. Because of the pandemic, I wasn’t allowed visitors.”  

When she was discharged, she waited per week ahead of seeing her ladies. She talked about: “I didn’t need them to see the extent of the hurt. I prompt them Mummy had been damage at work and I’d be residence quickly.

“When I got home, it really hit home that I might never have seen them. I’m glad I was working with Mick that day. If he hadn’t thrown himself in front of me, the next blow would have gone through my heart and I would’ve been dead.”  

Mick wished stitches nonetheless the knife missed all his predominant organs.  


Despite their traumatic ordeal, Deena and Mick returned to the doorway line at the tip of 2020.  

Deena talked about: “I was offered roles in the control room but I’m not trained to sit behind a computer. Why should I let anybody take that away from me?”

Mick talked about: “I kept thinking this man had ruined six months of my life already.  I wasn’t going to let him ruin the rest of it.”

Smith was jailed for 9 years in July.

The West Midlands Ambulance pair have been nominated for the 999 Hero award by their senior operations supervisor Richard Barratt, 38.  

He talked about of their screams for assist over the radio that day: “In my 20 years as a paramedic, I’ve never heard anything as harrowing.”

  • The Sun’s Who Cares Wins awards will likely be broadcast on Channel 4 and All 4 on Sunday at 7.30pm.
Prince William arriving for last night's event
Prince William arriving for final night time’s occasionCredit: Darren Fletcher
Boris Johnson chatting to Prince William after they both arrived for the ceremony
Boris Johnson chatting to Prince William after they each arrived for the ceremonyCredit: Paul Edwards

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