A HERO awarded for his bravery when he dragged a knife-wielding thug off a woman is himself fighting for life today after being gunned down at his home.
Tyrone Woodhead, age 42, opened his door to a gunman who opened fire and blasted him in the upper body.
The victim was rushed to hospital with life threatening injuries - as police officers across South Yorkshire searched for his attacker.
Armed police patrolled the streets around Doncaster Road, Wath-upon-Dearne, in the immediate aftermath of the shooting at about 8.40pm on Thursday and the police helicopter scoured the area from above.
Mr Woodhead’s family were said to be ‘absolutely devastated’ over the attack.
Mr Woodhead was honoured for his bravery for risking his own life to help a screaming woman while she was being attacked by a knife-wielding former boyfriend.
The delivery driver for Wath building supplies firm Longleys jumped out of his lorry as he drove through Wath and dragged attacker Philip Stier off the woman - 39-year-old mother-of-five, Doreen Corbett, who later died from her injuries after never regaining consciousness.
Her attack was described in court as a ‘public execution’.
When Stier was jailed for 17 years after admitting the 2006 murder, Recorder of Sheffield Judge Alan Goldsack QC awarded Mr Woodhead £400 for his efforts.
Speaking at the time, the hero said: “I never even thought about the danger I just heard a lady screaming. All this has come as a shock. I just did what I’d expect everyone else to do, but people were just driving straight by.
“His face was full of anger and when I saw him jumping on her head I knew she had a fractured skull.”
He was also presented with a certificate for civilian bravery in a national award ceremony.
Emergency services were called to Mr Woodhead’s aid on Thursday when he was shot at his home.
While paramedics raced to the scene, Andy Reynolds, who works at the nearby Everest takeaway shop, gave emergency first aid in a desperate bid to keep the victim alive.
Paul Walker, who runs the nearby Cross Keys pub, said: “He came in afterwards and was very shocked - we have him a few free pints for what he did.
“The first we knew about it in the pub was when we saw blue flashing lights outside when the ambulance turned up, but Andy had heard the gun and went outside to help give first aid.
“All you can do when things like this happen is soldier on.”
Police had the crime scene cordoned off yesterday and Doncaster Road blocked off in both directions, with police officers standing guard as scenes of crime experts searched Mr Woodhead’s house for forensic evidence to help them nail the gunman.
House-to-house enquiries were also carried out by officers looking for local residents who may have witnessed the gun attack.
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Emergency services were called to a house, next door to a takeaway on Doncaster Road, after the ambulance service received reports of a man with a gunshot wound.
“A 42-year-old local man was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Police want to hear from anyone in the Doncaster Road area between 8.15pm and 9pm on the night of the attack.
Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 1,146 of September 20.
Crimestoppers can also be contacted on 0800 555111.