A paramedic who interrupted his retirement to help associates battle through the pandemic died in a freak mishap when a rock was flung up from the tires of a passing lorry as he was racing to a 999 call, his household state.
Jeremy Daw, 66, remained in the passenger seat on his first 999 callout of the day on Saturday when the rock went through the glass as the car approached a junction.
The grandfather, who was nicknamed Jack, retired in November after nearly thirty years’ service as a paramedic with West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS).
He returned in January to work as a specialist supporting colleagues and was only 8 shifts far from retiring for the 2nd time when he died.
2 of his 3 children, Richard, 39, and Kate, 42, described Mr Daw as their ‘hero’ on Facebook, while coworkers also paid tribute to the eager metal detectorist, who as soon as unearthed a stockpile of 518 Roman coins and assisted on the production of Channel 4’s Time Group programs.
Cops at the scene on Saturday were observed moving a large rock from the bonnet of a police vehicle and placing it at the rear of the car, while a large hole was visible in the middle of the passenger side of the ambulance windshield.
His child, Kate told: ‘It was a freak of nature and there is some convenience and relief that it wasn’t a purposeful act.
‘ We have asked a lot of concerns and, although there is a continuous investigation, we are quite satisfied, for now, that no one is to blame.
‘ There are marks on the road at the scene where the wheels of the lorry with a stone wedged in-between had turned. We know there was not an unsecured load on the lorry– it was an awful mishap.’
Jeremy Daw (visualized left and right), 66, also called Jack, who had gone back to the front line after retiring last year, was sitting in the passenger seat of the ambulance when the item shot through the windscreen
Envisioned: Among the rocks that is believed to have flown off the back of the lorry during the deadly mishap on Saturday early morning
Mr Daw, who had been hailed a ‘real hero’, died following the event on the A49 near the village of Morton on Lugg near Hereford
Pictured: One of the rocks that is believed to have come off the same lorry that was heading towards the nearby quarry
Mr Daw’s sibling Philip, informed: ‘It was a freak accident, an absolute catastrophe. Initially our concern was that someone had tossed something through the windshield but this has actually been discounted.
‘ There was a truck filled with stones and it appears a stone was flicked up however at this phase nobody is sure. It is still being examined.’
Another source said: ‘He came out of retirement and supported his coworkers during the 2nd wave. He wished to be back on the front line helping his coworkers.’
Cops at the scene were observed moving a big rock from the bonnet of a police car and placing it at the back of the automobile, while a big hole was visible in the middle of the passenger side of the ambulance windshield.
Nathan Hudson, operations shipment director at WMAS, said: ‘We are still communicating with cops however at this stage it appears to have been a tragic mishap, where something has actually come through the windscreen, rather than being thrown at the vehicle with harmful intent.
‘ Jeremy was a mentor to lots of employee over his years with us. He retired last year but went back to responsibility to help with the Covid reaction. He was due to retire once again within the next month.’
West Mercia Authorities have appealed for drivers who remained in the location to provide dash-cam video. Inspector Chris Watson stated: ‘We are still investigating this incident and although at an early phase, we are satisfied that this was not an intentional act, in spite of some speculation on social media.’
The incident happened on the A49 near the town of Moreton on Lugg near Hereford. Mr Daw, who also dealt with the air ambulance during his career, died at the scene.
His associate, who was driving the 999 automobile, was also hurt in the event. He was launched from healthcare facility after receiving treatment.
Lifesaver can run as a single responder to an event or support a paramedic on a double-crewed ambulance. Although they supply a number of the same abilities as paramedics, such as being able to assess clients and provide lifesaving treatment, they do not share the same level of responsibilities.
Mr Daw lived in Credenhill, Herefordshire, with partner Dawn, 64, the deputy supervisor of a support centre for families of those suffering with dementia.
He was a keen metal detectorist who has actually assisted on the production of numerous of Channel 4’s Time Team programs around Herefordshire, along with helping in local archaeological excavations.
In 2010 Mr Daw and paramedic associate Martin Fulloway, 49, found a cache of Roman coins buried at a time when the Roman Empire was being broken up into several smaller sized empires. A coroner later stated the discover on a farm outside Leominster, Herefordshire, as treasure.
Mr Fulloway, of Leominster, was too upset to comment, however in a post on Facebook he composed: ‘I am definitely devastated at the news today, I can not think what has happened.
‘ I have actually lost a great pal and the world has lost a great guy. I just can not find the words.’
Relative Dave Daw stated: ‘As they state, not all super-heroes use capes, some wear a green uniform and they are called paramedics, some are even called family.’
Describing Mr Daw as a ‘great guy’ who will be ‘sorely missed out on’ by the household, he included: ‘There are no words at the minute, just a pains and a lot of tears’.
The wife of another Herefordshire paramedic described the catastrophe as an ‘awful freak mishap’. NHS president Sir Simon Stevens stated Mr Daw ‘represented the best’ of the health service.
‘ On behalf of everyone across the NHS, our wholehearted condolences go to Jeremy’s household, good friends and coworkers, as we also want his crewmate a quick healing,’ he said.
Mr Hudson explained Mr Daw, who had 29 years experience with the ambulance service and was from Hereford, as a ‘amazing character’.
He stated: ‘He was among life’s heros and he will be sorely missed in and around Hereford. Everyone knew him and he was simply a truly nice individual.
‘ If you speak with the staff at Hereford, what they remember is that he used to head out and clean the automobiles every morning, he would wipe the windscreens down. He utilized to do that as a matter of course. He took terrific pride in his work.’
Mr Daw had actually been reacting to a 999 ‘classification two’ call quickly before 8am when the rock pierced through the windscreen near the junction of Moreton Road
West Mercia Cops stated the ambulance had actually been travelling towards an emergency in Leominster when the object struck the windscreen
Mr Hudson said Mr Daw, who retired as a paramedic in November 2020, was eight shifts away from full-time retirement, having actually returned ‘to support the trust during the pandemic’ at the start of 2021.
NHS president Sir Simon Stevens said Mr Daw ‘represented the best’ of the health service.
He said in a statement: ‘After practically 3 years’ service, he went back to the frontline from a well-earned retirement to assist patients throughout the coronavirus pandemic, and worked as a mentor to younger colleagues.
‘ On behalf of everybody across the NHS, our genuine acknowledgements go to Jeremy’s household, buddies and colleagues, as we likewise wish his crewmate a quick healing.’
Following his death, Mr Daw’s heartbroken loved ones and buddies commemorated the cutting edge employee who ‘was a mentor to a great deal of people’ and a ‘true hero’.
The emergency worker’s granddaughter shared an image on social media of Mr Daw on a train with a pet dog in his arms alongside a post which read: ‘Not all superheroes use capes, enjoy you grandad.’
And Mr Daw’s daughter Kate explained her daddy as ‘my hero’ on social networks.
Likewise paying tribute to the cutting edge employee, a good friend wrote: ‘I am so sorry to hear your unfortunate news. Your dad was a great male, always had time for everyone and had a big heart. A real hero.’
While another homage for the key employee read: ‘I’m so very sorry for you and your household at this time. Jack was a hero among his coworkers on station and will so really terribly missed out on. RIP Jack, stand down, you’ve given your all in the service of others.’
Another person included: ‘So sorry for your loss I’m definitely sad for you and your household. He was a true hero.’
Somewhere else one of the ambulance employee’s loved ones wrote: ‘As they state, not all super-heroes wear capes, some use a green uniform and they are called paramedics, some are even called household.
‘ You were a terrific guy Jeremy, and will be sorely missed out on by all your household. Will be raising a glass to you this evening.’
While another individual included: ‘What a terrific man, so sorry I’m thinking of you all.’
Another buddy wrote: ‘He was a terrific male and loved by so many. In our hearts and ideas.’
In 2004, Mr Daw saved the life of a cardiovascular disease victim by administering them with a new members clot-busting medication.
The health care worker, who was given permission to administer the drug by a physician via email, had the ability to conserve the client as the ambulance raced to the medical facility.