For his prompt action in giving first aid to an injured crane driver at Oxenholme Station on May 17, 1953, Mr John McDermott, 24, Elmsley Street, Preston, Assistant District Signalmen’s Inspector at Lancaster Castle Station, will receive an award in London to-day (Friday) from Mr. J. W. Watkins, Chief Regional Manager of the London Midland Region of British Railways.
Mr. McDermott was in charge of single line working and diversion of traffic at Oxenholme when a new station roof was being erected. The crane driver, Mr. J. Parry, of Bangor, North Wales, was guiding a girder into position when it slipped and fell on him causing him multiple injuries.
Mr. McDermott, who is Captain of the Preston Station Ambulance Corps, treated Mr. Parry before a doctor arrived. The doctor commended Mr. McDermott for his prompt action and Mr. Parry later fully recovered.
Mr. McDermott is a former signalman. He was controller in the District Operating Superintendent’s office at Preston and has been at Lancaster since May 1952.
Lancaster Guardian 24 September 1954