ANOTHER award for Amesbury hero Luke Ridley!

ANOTHER award for Amesbury hero Luke Ridley!

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 12:32pm 22nd October 2019.

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The tree surgeon rescued a woman from a car moments before it was engulfed in flames.

Luke's actions last year have been recognised once again this time from a charity that honours "those who perform gallant actions in fires."


Luke witnessed a car leaving the carriageway of the A303 near Solstice Park, he immediately pulled his van over and went to help.

The Nissan Micra had rolled onto the driver's side trapping the female driver.

Luke grabbed a pick- axe from his van and managed to open the boot and speak to the woman who was conscious but disorientated and unable to release her seatbelt.

By now the car had begun to set on fire, Luke  ran back to his van grabbed a saw and manged to cut the seat belt before dragging the woman, in her 60s, to safety.

Moments later the car was engulfed in what he described as "a fireball".

Wiltshire Police described Luke's actions as "heroic."


On Friday (18th October) Luke was presented with a bronze medal from the Society for the Protection of Life from Fire at special ceremony held at Salisbury Fire Station.

It brings his total to four!

Luke Ridley Society for the Protection of Life from Fire
Luke Ridley with Chief Fire Officer Ben Ansell.

In May Luke was given the Chief Fire Officer's Commendation at this year's Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service awards ceremony in recognition of his bravery. 

In September it was announced that Luke has also been awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal.

Queen's Gallantry Medal
Luke is already the proud recipient of the Queen's Gallantry Medal for "exemplary acts of bravery by civilians."

Chief Fire Officer Ben Ansell said: 

"The Queen's Gallantry Medal is awarded for exemplary acts of bravery and the Chief Fire Officer's Commendation is the highest award I can offer to a member of the public for acts of outstanding bravery, selflessness or courage in the face of adversity. In exceptional cases, I will also make a nomination to other bodies for recognition. Luke's actions embodied the values of Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service and I'm extremely pleased that the Society for the Protection of Life from Fire has also taken this opportunity to recognise him for his incredible bravery on that day. It was my honour to make the presentation of a bronze medal on their behalf."

Luke was also one of Spire FM's Local Hero Awards winners in January.

Spire FM Local Hero Award 2019
Luke was honoured at Spire FM's annual Hero Awards.

Meanwhile nominations for the 2020 Local Hero Awards are now open.

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