Prince William praises the ‘astonishing courage’ of two paramedics

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Prince William praised the ‘astonishing courage’ of two paramedics who were stabbed by a knifeman during a routine concern-for-welfare check as he presented the 999 Hero prize at the Who Cares Wins awards in London on Tuesday evening.  

The Duke of Cambridge, 39, branded the worthy winners Deena Evans, 40, and Mick Hipgrave, 52, who were stabbed by the very person they were trying to help back on 6th July 2020, ‘truly heroic’ during the ceremony which took place at the Roundhouse, Chalk Farm. 


After his mother raised concern, Martyn Smith, 52, stabbed the pair as they tried to enter his property in Wolverhampton last year to help him. One year on and Smith has been imprisoned for nine years. 

When presenting the award, The Sun reports Prince William, who put on a dapper display in a velvet black suit jack, trousers and bow tie, said: ‘Every day our emergency services deal with high-pressured, challenging situations.

‘When most of us would, quite naturally, turn away and seek safety, our emergency responders rise to the occasion – running straight towards the danger to provide vital and often life-saving support.

Prince William (pictured), 39, praised the 'astonishing courage' of two paramedics who were stabbed by a knifeman during a routine concern-for-welfare check as he presented the 999 Hero prize at the Who Cares Wins awards on Tuesday evening

Prince William (pictured), 39, praised the 'astonishing courage' of two paramedics who were stabbed by a knifeman during a routine concern-for-welfare check as he presented the 999 Hero prize at the Who Cares Wins awards on Tuesday evening

Prince William (pictured), 39, praised the ‘astonishing courage’ of two paramedics who were stabbed by a knifeman during a routine concern-for-welfare check as he presented the 999 Hero prize at the Who Cares Wins awards on Tuesday evening

The Duke of Cambridge, 39, branded the worthy winners Deena Evans, 40, and Mick Hipgrave, 52 (pictured, on This Morning in July), who were stabbed by the very person they were trying to help back on 6th July 2020, 'truly heroic

The Duke of Cambridge, 39, branded the worthy winners Deena Evans, 40, and Mick Hipgrave, 52 (pictured, on This Morning in July), who were stabbed by the very person they were trying to help back on 6th July 2020, 'truly heroic

The Duke of Cambridge, 39, branded the worthy winners Deena Evans, 40, and Mick Hipgrave, 52 (pictured, on This Morning in July), who were stabbed by the very person they were trying to help back on 6th July 2020, ‘truly heroic

‘Very modestly, they will tell you that this does not make them heroes, and it is all done in the name of duty.

‘But sometimes a situation will occur that tests the resolve of even the most experienced responder.


‘In times like these, they must face their deepest fears and find the most astonishing level of courage to overcome the obstacles in front of them. And that is truly heroic.

‘The winners of this award faced just such a situation, but I am delighted to say they survived and are here this evening.’






Deena Evans after the stabbing incident (pictured). Smith was jailed for nine years after admitting two counts of wounding with intent against the West Midlands Ambulance Service workers

Deena Evans after the stabbing incident (pictured). Smith was jailed for nine years after admitting two counts of wounding with intent against the West Midlands Ambulance Service workers

Deena Evans after the stabbing incident (pictured). Smith was jailed for nine years after admitting two counts of wounding with intent against the West Midlands Ambulance Service workers

The Duke of Cambridge put on a stylish display as he attended the Who Cares Wins Awards 2021 at The Roundhouse in London

The Duke of Cambridge put on a stylish display as he attended the Who Cares Wins Awards 2021 at The Roundhouse in London

The Duke of Cambridge put on a stylish display as he attended the Who Cares Wins Awards 2021 at The Roundhouse in London

The Duke of Cambridge looked dapper in a black suit and bowtie as he arrived at the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm, London tonight

The Duke of Cambridge looked dapper in a black suit and bowtie as he arrived at the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm, London tonight

The Duke of Cambridge looked dapper in a black suit and bowtie as he arrived at the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm, London tonight

Prince William waved as he was welcomed by photographers and well-wishers who lined the streets for his arrival

Prince William waved as he was welcomed by photographers and well-wishers who lined the streets for his arrival

Prince William waved as he was welcomed by photographers and well-wishers who lined the streets for his arrival


Wellwishers took out their camera phones

Wellwishers took out their camera phones

Prince William looked in high spirits on his arrival

Prince William looked in high spirits on his arrival

Wellwishers took out their camera phones as they tried to get a snap of Prince William (left and right) on his arrival

The Duke of Cambridge coordinated his black velvet jacket with a pair of matching shoes

The Duke of Cambridge coordinated his black velvet jacket with a pair of matching shoes

The Duke of Cambridge coordinated his black velvet jacket with a pair of matching shoes

Smith was jailed for nine years at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Friday after admitting two charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm

Smith was jailed for nine years at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Friday after admitting two charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm

Smith was jailed for nine years at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Friday after admitting two charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm

Appearing on ITV’s This Morning back in July, Mick spoke to presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford and explained: ‘I witnessed Deena being stabbed in the chest by this assailant. He had two large knives in his hand and she actually received two stab wounds to the chest.’ 


‘One was quite serious and one of a minor nature. So during the incident, after she’d been stabbed, I tried to protect her, covered her up and unfortunately he stabbed me as well.’

Speaking of the incident, Deena recalled: ‘The police had come with us, just to force entry. There were no markers on the address, no violence markers or anything like that. It was like any other job. 

‘We got there, we were knocking and banging and there was no answer, so you sort of think, ‘Well, we’re going to have to get in because if something has happened we need to get in there fast.’

She [the victim’s mother, who had called for the concern-for-welfare check] said, ‘Please don’t do too much damage to the door, because I’ve got to pay for the damage after.’ 

Prince William, right, speaks with Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the awards ceremony at the Roundhouse in London

Prince William, right, speaks with Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the awards ceremony at the Roundhouse in London

Prince William, right, speaks with Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the awards ceremony at the Roundhouse in London

Prince William looked in high spirits as he headed inside ahead of the glitzy awards ceremony

Prince William looked in high spirits as he headed inside ahead of the glitzy awards ceremony

 Prince William looked in high spirits as he headed inside ahead of the glitzy awards ceremony

‘We took the panels off the front door, I’d already looked through the letterbox and saw that the porch door was shut. As we took the first door off we were all stood in a line, Mick was at the front. When we took the panel off we switched places, which meant I was at the front. 

‘As we stepped through I said, “That porch door has been opened. Somebody is in”, but by that time it was too late as we’d all started to move forwards.’

Deena continued: ‘I tapped on the door and said, “Hello, are you okay? Martin, it’s the ambulance.” And as I said that and pushed the door open, he just ran at me with two knives. I felt like I’d been punched to start with, because you don’t feel the stab wound. 

And then I remember Mick jumping in front of me and I felt him lunge forward, and I thought, “Maybe he’s been punched as well.” And then I thought my t-shirt was really wet and warm. I had gloves on and I patted myself down, saw the blood and that’s when I shouted, “I’ve been stabbed.” And then I heard Mick say, “Me too.”

Prince William speaks with Phoebe Sinclair, aged nine, at the Who Cares Wins Awards at the Roundhouse in London

Prince William speaks with Phoebe Sinclair, aged nine, at the Who Cares Wins Awards at the Roundhouse in London

Prince William speaks with Phoebe Sinclair, aged nine, at the Who Cares Wins Awards at the Roundhouse in London


The Duke of Cambridge put on a dapper display in a velvet black suit jack, trousers and bow tie

The Duke of Cambridge put on a dapper display in a velvet black suit jack, trousers and bow tie

The Duke of Cambridge put on a dapper display in a velvet black suit jack, trousers and bow tie

The Prince of Cambridge looked smart in a suit

The Prince of Cambridge looked smart in a suit

The royal held his blazer together as he headed inside

The royal held his blazer together as he headed inside

Prince William smiled for the cameras as he arrived ahead of the awards ceremony in London

‘Mick grabbed a wheelie bin and threw it and it made a barricade between us, because I think he would have carried on stabbing. So the barricade knocked him over and I heard the police shout, “Taser.” And that’s when we ran into the garden. That was the only escape.’

Deena added: ‘I remember Mick helping to stem the bleeding even though I could feel him bleeding onto me. I was trying to hold his side and he was trying to hold my chest. 

‘And then I remember a female police officer – there was so much commotion going on – but I remember grabbing her collar and I remember saying, ‘Please don’t let me die. I’ve got three children.’ At that point I knew I was dying.’


Mick spoke of the perpetrator: ‘He wasn’t intoxicated and during the hearing it was highlighted that he had had moderate depression in the past, but nothing psychiatrically severe. So there was no real reason for him to carry out what he did.’

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