AWARDS for “vigilance and public spiritedness” have been handed to two men who intervened when they stumbled across a man being beaten up in the middle of the road in Spalding.
Paramedic Scott Scoot and Sainsbury’s worker Stuart Boswell were each given £250 after being commended for their actions by the Recorder of Lincoln, Judge Sean Morris.
Mr Scoot, who was off-duty but still in his uniform, attempted to calm down Matthew McKay as he launched a drunken attack on security guard Isaac Okojie in Winfrey Avenue in September.
But instead of walking away, McKay turned on Mr Scoot and fractured his jaw in three places with a single punch.
Passer-by Mr Boswell then apprehended McKay as he tried to run away. He was bitten on his shoulder in the process.
Matthew McKay, of Station Road, Long Sutton, was sent to a young offenders’ institution for 21 months as a result of the attacks.
Mr Scoot and Mr Boswell received their cash at a ceremony with Judge Morris on Tuesday, and collected a framed reward order from the High Sheriff of Lincolnshire, Robin Battle.
Mr Scoot said: “I did wonder if I would be the guy that would intervene if I saw something happening and I am pleased that I am.”
He said the incident has opened his eyes to attacks on emergency service personnel.
He added: “My intention was to calm things down and treat the security guard. Unfortunately I became the victim too.
“This isn’t all that unusual really and I suppose it’s a comment on the fall in standards and the increasingly violent society which we live in.
“This is noticeable in my daytime job with East Midlands Ambulance Service where sadly the number of cases is increasing year-on-year.”