Nottinghamshire Police rewards acts of courage

Two medical professionals who were passing the scene of an accident on the A1 and helped to save a motorist's life have been honoured at a ceremony.

William Reid and Dr Chloe Stanway have been given bravery awards from Nottinghamshire Police.

Peter Skellon's car hit the central reservation near Blyth and flipped on to its roof in March 2010.

The 59-year-old, from Cumbria, suffered serious facial and head injuries and was airlifted to hospital.

Mr Reid, a trauma technician with the Red Cross, and Dr Stanway gave first aid to Mr Skellon before paramedics arrived.

'Guardian angels'

They were among about 70 people receiving either a chief constable's commendation, a community award or accolades for sporting achievements during an event being held at the Arrow Centre in Hucknall on Wednesday evening.

Mr Skellon has since undergone extensive reconstructive surgery to rebuild his face.

Specialists said without the actions of Mr Reid, of Edinburgh, and Dr Stanway, of Manchester, Mr Skellon may not have survived.

Mr Skellon said: "I can remember the accident after the point of impact but I don't remember the immediate run-up.

"I remember travelling upside-down in the car and then someone trying to turn it over. I was conscious during it all.

"I fully understand how lucky I was as those two people were there with me within minutes. I think I must have had a few guardian angels looking after me that day."

Three men who helped to rescue two women aged 84 and 90 from a house fire in Mansfield were also being recognised.

Nick Hamilton and his son Richard Hamilton, from Mansfield, were driving past when they saw the flames at bungalows in Champion Crescent in February 2009.

They joined Peter Dring, who lived near the scene of the fire, in rescuing the women, who were uninjured.

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