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Pride of Britain Nominees

19 September 2007

19 September 2007

DAVID BROWNE, MARTYN GUEST and GEORGE SHELTON have been shortlisted for the GMTV Beyond The Call of Duty Award, as part of this year's Daily Mirror's Pride of Britain Awards.

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service crew will appear on GMTV on Thursday 27 September as one of four finalists, before a public vote decides the overall winner on 28 September.

The crew were nominated for their heroics when a man they were sent to treat threatened them with a gun and an eight-inch meat cleaver.

Paramedics David and Martyn and Emergency Medical Technician George had been called to provide medical assistance to a man who had overdosed on drugs last summer.

When they arrived on scene they found the man in an agitated and distressed state and wanted him to go to hospital for a check-up.

Martyn, 38, from Barnsley, said: "He agreed to come with us but then went into the kitchen and pulled out a huge knife.

"The adrenaline kicked in and we managed to talk him round and he put the knife down."

However, on the way out of the flat, the man veered into his bedroom and pulled out a gun from his wardrobe.

George, 39, from Cudworth, near Barnsley, said: "I've had incidents with knives before but I've never had a gun pointed at me. That was definitely the scariest part."

Fortunately the man followed the ambulance crew out of his flat without the weapon and eventually agreed to go to hospital.

David, 42, from Brampton, near Rotherham, said: "It was frightening but we realised he was probably more of a risk to himself than us."

Steve Rendi, Assistant Director of Operations with Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: "All credit goes to David, Martyn and George who kept their cool and remained professional while dealing with a very volatile situation."

The Daily Mirror's Pride Of Britain Awards 2007 take place on Tuesday 9 October - when the winners will be unveiled - and will be screened on ITV1 from 9pm on Wednesday 10 October.

Top names from the world of show business, sport and politics join international stars in this, the ninth year of Britain's biggest show to honour the nation's greatest unsung heroes.

Previous participants include HRH Prince Charles, Sir Michael Caine, Robbie Williams, David and Victoria Beckham, Kylie Minogue, Helen Mirren, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Simon Cowell and Paul McCartney.

Hosted by Carol Vorderman, the awards ensure that the most extraordinary people in the land get the recognition they deserve at a glittering, star-studded ceremony in central London.

The winners' stories are truly breathtaking and guaranteed to inspire and move millions of viewers.

Since Pride of Britain was launched in 1999, it has become the largest event of its kind in the UK, boasting higher ratings than both the Brits and the Bafta Awards.

Notes to Editors:

  • The Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) is now into its second year of operation. It was formed on 1 July 2006 when the three Yorkshire-based services merged. It operates 60 Ambulance Stations throughout the county, with the main headquarters in Wakefield. YAS serves a population of more than 5 million people and covers 6,000 square miles of varying terrain from coastal areas, large urban areas and inner cities to dales and rural expanses
  • YAS takes a zero tolerance approach to violence against staff and always seeks to prosecute offenders.

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