A heroic ambulance man used his 6’8″ frame as a human ladder to rescue a couple from a burning building.
Britain’s tallest ambulanceman, Lincoln Dodd, has been named Paramedic of the Year after saving the pair from an upstairs bedroom.
Lincoln, 41, said: “The couple were trapped upstairs.
“I realised I could reach them if they lowered themselves from the upstairs window where they were trapped.
“I put my hands up so I could reach their ankles and lowered them on to my shoulders so I could get them down.
“When I was younger I used to get mates up on my shoulders for fun, but this is the first time I’ve ever done that for work purposes.
“I don’t know of anyone in the service bigger than me. The award was a bit of a bolt out of the blue, but very nice all the same.
“I was shocked to just be nominated, so I was very surprised when I actually won it.
“I had a lovely day in London with the wife as well, so it was a very memorable day for me.
“To be honest I was just doing my job and I would do the same again if the situation arose.”
Lincoln, who has worked for the West Midlands Ambulance Service for seven years, was given the title at the Ambulance Service Institute’s annual awards.
The married dad of four, from Hereford, who weighs 21st, admits his size does have its disadvantages.
“When I was younger I knocked myself out going through a door,” he said. “Cottages are my enemies on the job.”