A senior nursing lecturer, who was among the first medics at the scene of the Shoreham Airshow disaster, has received an award for his bravery.
Tony Kemp, who was working with the British Red Cross last August, was presented with a Royal Humane Society testimonial on vellum by HRH Princess Alexandra, who is president of the society.
“The incident has quite definitely changed me”
Mr Kemp, principle lecturer and director of post qualifying healthcare education at the University of Bedfordshire, said: “It was a tremendous honour. I felt very humbled.”
RHS awards are made for acts of bravery in the saving of human life and for effecting successful resuscitations.
The testimonial on vellum – a type of parchment made from calf skin – is awarded where someone has put themselves in considerable danger to save, or attempt to save, someone else.
On the day of the Shoreham Airshow disaster in which 11 people were killed and 16 were injured, Mr Kemp rushed to the still-burning vintage jet after reports that its pilot Andy Hill was still alive.
Together with Dr Karen Eastman, he provided life-saving medical assistance and went on to treat other casualties, as reported by Nursing Times.
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Mr Kemp said: “I did what I did with clarity of thought and whilst recognising the dangers involved did all I could to mitigate those issues for myself and those around me.
“The incident has quite definitely changed me,” he said. “The sights and sounds of that day were deeply troubling and come on top of many other intrusive sights and sounds from other incidents across the years.
Nurse first on scene after Shoreham air show disaster
“An immediate effect is to go right back to basics and understand that life is precious and within that my family and friends are vitally important,” he added.
Mr Kemp continues to provide pre-hospital emergency care and, over the next few weeks, will be providing senior clinical cover for an international airshow on the south coast.