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Ambulanceman Richard Mitchell.
Ambulanceman Richard Mitchell.

Award for brave ambulanceman

FEARLESS Ambulanceman Richard Mitchell has been given a bravery award for heroically rescuing two people trapped in a blazing car.

The emergency medical technician from Conisbrough pulled the unconscious pair to safety after a crash in Rotherham in 2009.

Richard, who is based at Wath Ambulance Station, was awarded the accolade by the Royal Society for the Protection of Life from Fire, along with fellow hero paramedic Pete Cownley.

THE future of residents in care homes at Mexborough and Rawmarsh may be under threat, after crisis talks over the finances of Southern Cross Healthcare.

The company has 750 homes across Britain, including The Abbeys at Rawmarsh and Swallow Wood at Mexborough. But – as bosses appeal for co-operation from the Government and landlords, amid attempts to secure lower rent bills – they insist no residents will face homelessness.

WOMBWELL structural steel company Billington Holdings has bought out a Leeds area company, saving 63 jobs in the process. Billington bought out steel staircase manufacturer Marshall after it went in to administration, in a £100,000, no-redundancy deal. Marshall will continue to trade with its current branding and as a separate entity.

FOUR bus drivers from Stagecoach at Rawmarsh received awards for being accident-free for over five years – including William Lovell who has over 30 years’ service with the company. Joining him were drivers Michael Brooke, Ian Roddis and David Newson, who were handed certificates at Barnsley’s Ardsley House Hotel.

ANTI-social behaviour is being stamped out at Darfield. Although gangs still meet up around Snape Hill Road, there is much less nuisance, an Area Partnership meeting was told.