Life-saving duo honoured after car blaze rescue

Two members of staff from Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust - Pete Cownley and Richard Mitchell - have received awards from the Royal Society for the Protection of Life from Fire after putting their own lives in danger to save others from a burning vehicle.   Left to right: Chief Inspector Stuart Walne, Emergency Medical Technician Richard Mitchell, Paramedic Pete Cownley and Chief Superintendent Keith Lumley.
Two members of staff from Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust - Pete Cownley and Richard Mitchell - have received awards from the Royal Society for the Protection of Life from Fire after putting their own lives in danger to save others from a burning vehicle. Left to right: Chief Inspector Stuart Walne, Emergency Medical Technician Richard Mitchell, Paramedic Pete Cownley and Chief Superintendent Keith Lumley.
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BRAVE ambulance workers who saved the lives of two young men trapped inside a burning car have been honoured.

Paramedic Pete Cownley and emergency medical technician Richard Mitchell, from Wath Ambulance Station, were called to a car crash in Treeton, Rotherham, involving two vehicles, one of which had burst into flames.

Richard pulled the driver to safety while Pete found the passenger door was jammed and hauled the other occupant across and out of the driver’s side.

Richard and Pete were nominated for the awards, from the Royal Society for the Protection of Life from Fire, by South Yorkshire Police.

Richard, who lives in Conisbrough, said: “We didn’t waste any time and had to weigh up in seconds what needed to be done – we acted instinctively.

“Afterwards, we realised how fine the timing had been as the car was fully ablaze within 30 seconds of us pulling them out.”

Peter, from Rotherham, added they were both ‘extremely proud’ to win the awards. Chf Insp Walne said they showed ‘extraordinary bravery’ during the incident in November 2009.

He said: “Without their actions, the occupants of the car would not have survived.”