Off-duty medic ‘berated for aiding fans’ during Hillsborough Disaster

The 1989 Hillsborough Disaster
The 1989 Hillsborough Disaster
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An off-duty ambulance driver said he was criticised by bosses after helping seriously-injured football fans during the Hillsborough Disaster.

Andrew Lawson, who worked part-time for South Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service and was also employed as a restaurant worker at Sheffield Wednesday, said he was told he ‘shouldn’t have got involved’ in the emergency response.

He was giving evidence at the new inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final. Mr Lawson had been working in the restaurant and came down to the pitch when he saw there was a problem.

After giving CPR to a boy who regained a pulse, he could not see anyone from the ambulance service and went to the players’ tunnel to make a phone call asking for urgent support.

“There was no control, there was no taking command. It was chaos,” he said.

Mr Lawson drove 13 casualties to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. He said it was only after he returned he learned casualties had been taken to the stadium gym.

When he returned to work, Mr Lawson said he told his station officer Doug Marshall the organisation had got things ‘completely wrong’.

Mr Lawson, who left the service soon after, said he was told he ‘didn’t know enough’ to make that assessment.

“It was made to be known, I shouldn’t have been there on the day, I shouldn’t have got involved, I should have stayed well away,” he said.

The hearing continues.