Paramedic killed when ‘object’ struck windscreen was ‘mentor who had retired’

Tributes poured in for a paramedic who was killed when an object struck an ambulance windscreen as it raced to a 999 callout.

Jeremy Daw, also known as Jack, was sitting in the passenger seat of the Mercedes vehicle when the object shot through the windscreen at around 8am on Saturday.

Despite the best efforts of his emergency services colleagues, he died.

Mr Daw's colleague who was driving the ambulance was injured but was released from hospital after treatment.

The 66-year-old's daughter described her dad as "my hero" on social media.

Suzanne Wilkinson wrote on Facebook: "I am just so devastated for you, your mum… and all the family.

"I hope you're drawing strength and comfort from each other right now."

Another friend wrote: "I am so sorry to hear your sad news. Your dad was a great man, always had time for everyone and had a big heart. A true hero."

Colleagues also paid their respects on social media.

Mr Daw had returned to the front line after retiring last year.

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A source told the Sun: "The poor man was incredibly well respected and well liked. He was a mentor to a lot of people. It is devastating."

Pictures from the scene show the extent of the damage to the ambulance's windscreen.

West Mercia Police have launched an investigation into the cause of the incident and have appealed for drivers in the area to supply dashcam footage.

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It happened on the A49 near the village Moreton on Lugg near Hereford.

After tragedy struck, two further ambulance crews, paramedics and the Midlands Air Ambulance, 40 miles away in Strensham, rushed to the scene.

West Mercia Police said the ambulance was travelling towards Leominster, about 10 miles away, at the time of the incident.

West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed the tragedy. A spokesman said: "Sadly, despite everyone's best efforts, nothing could be done to save our colleague, who was the front passenger, and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

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"His crewmate, the driver, was also injured in the incident.

"He received treatment at hospital and has subsequently been discharged."

West Midlands Ambulance Service boss Anthony Marsh said: "This is truly awful news, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and colleagues of those involved at this very difficult time.

"I am enormously proud of all the staff and the university students as part of their clinical placement that worked so hard and professionally to try to save our colleague.

"I am sorry that despite their best efforts, he could not be saved."

West Mercia Police are asking anyone who may have seen the incident or have dashcam footage to contact them on 101 quoting incident 00101i of April 24.

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