Two paramedics who were stabbed in the chest while on duty yesterday appeared on a Christmas episode of the reality TV series Inside The Ambulance.
Deena Evans and Mike Hipgrave were attending a 999 call at a property in Wolverhampton when they were attacked by a knifeman.
Both were taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Mr Hipgrave is now at home, while Ms Evans is in a stable condition.
It has now emerged that the West Midlands Ambulance Service colleagues appeared on spoof series Inside The Ambulance last year.
The episode, which aired on UKTV at Christmas, followed a team of paramedics from the WMAS as they carried out their duties attending to emergencies.
One episode synopsis reads: ‘Boxing Day arrives and paramedics Deena Evans and Mike Hipgrave race to 71-year-old Frank, who has severe chest pains and has had difficulty breathing after going shopping.’
Deena Evans and Mike Hipgrave, who were stabbed in the chest while on duty yesterday, appeared on a Christmas episode of the reality TV series Inside The Ambulance
West Midlands Police said that a man accused of stabbing the emergency workers was tasered
Last night Ms Evans’ father Richard Owen told The Sun: ‘From what we know it was just a completely random attack.
‘It just seems like she was in the wrong place and the wrong time.’
Mr Owen said her family could not visit her in hospital due to coronavirus restrictions – but he thanked everyone who has voiced their support for them.
He added: ‘[Ms Evans] absolutely loves her job and helping people.
‘It’s all she’d ever dreamed of doing. We know that she’ll want to get back on the frontline again as soon as she’s able to.’
The ambulance service said it had also treated a man who was Tasered at the scene.
A male detained at the scene is now helping police with their inquiries and ‘may have been suffering a mental health crisis’, officers said.
Neighbours said they heard ‘blood curdling screams’ and the ambulance workers shouting ‘please help, he’s got a knife’ during the terrifying incident.
The episode, which aired on UKTV at Christmas, followed a team of paramedics from the WMAS as they carried out their duties attending to emergencies
Police have swamped Stephens Close in Wolverhampton this afternoon where officers Tasered a man who allegedly stabbed two paramedics
Colleagues rushed to their aid while a 52-year-old man was tasered by police and arrested at the scene on Stephens Close in Wolverhampton.
West Midlands Ambulance Service said both members of staff were ‘continuing to recuperate’ after being rushed to hospital with serious injuries.
A service spokesperson said: ‘Michael was released from Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, last night and is continuing his recovery at home.
‘Deena remains at the same hospital where she is receiving on going treatment; she remains in a stable condition.’
Neighbours said around a dozen emergency vehicles were at the scene and the suspect was Tasered with an electric stun gun by police after a male paramedic staggered out of the house yelling: ‘Help, help, we’ve both been stabbed’ while dragging his female colleague to safety.
Mother-of-three Deena Evans (pictured), 39, and Mike Hipgrave were stabbed while responding to a home in Wolverhampton where concerns over welfare had been raised
The ambulance workers were called to the house after a call about concerns about the man inside the property
Both paramedics were stabbed in the chest by the knifeman who pounced as they entered the property, police later revealed.
A neighbour said a man lived alone at the property, and it had been his mother who had first raised concerns for his welfare after he failed to answer the door.
Anita Millard, 65, who lives next door, described how two paramedics arrived, along with two police officers, before they managed to gain entry by removing a door panel with a screwdriver borrowed from a neighbour.
She said: ‘The police asked the man’s mother to step back and then the girl paramedic went in, followed by the other medic. Then all I heard was a blood-curdling scream. He had two knives – I’ve never seen anything like it’.
Mrs Millard added: ‘The male paramedic then came backwards out the house and he shouted into his radio ‘help, help, we’ve both been stabbed’.
‘Then he pushed the female paramedic backwards towards the side gate, and away from it all. The guy was stood in the porch holding these knives.
‘Then the police came in and shouted ‘Taser’ and then they tasered him.
‘It was like something off the TV.’
Colleagues of the paramedics have spoken of the ‘harrowing’ scene that greeted them as pictures emerged of a blonde female paramedic being stretchered away.
Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer Nathan Hudson said: ‘We had a call at about midday from a woman concerned for a member of their family.
‘We arrived at the scene within five minutes. Together with police we had to gain access to the property.
‘As they were entering two staff members were stabbed in the chest with a knife. Police officers were soon able to detain the individual.
‘The two paramedics, a female and male, are stable in hospital and their injuries are not life-threatening.
‘Nobody comes to work to be stabbed. Only yesterday we were celebrating 52 years of the NHS. It is quite shocking really.
‘They were conscious throughout and speaking when I went to see them in hospital.
‘Health care workers put themselves on the line every day, but this is not what you expect when you get up for work in the morning.
‘It was a harrowing scene and a harrowing place to be.
‘There can be nothing worse than going to help people you know who’ve been seriously hurt. Throughout, they acted impeccably.
‘I want to say a big thank you to everyone who attended the scene, in what was a very traumatic incident for everyone concerned.’
Speaking at a press conference at the scene, Superintendent Simon Inglis added: ‘We received a call at about 12 o’clock today from a concerned mother about her son that he was going to harm himself.
‘Ambulance crews attended with ourselves. Medics entered into the property and unfortunately the man came out and attacked them with a knife.
‘Officers then engaged. He was tasered, detained and is currently in custody. No other persons were injured and there was no wider threat to the community.’
The arrested man remains in police custody and is being quizzed by officers on suspicion of wounding.
Superintendent Simon Inglis, from Wolverhampton Police, said: ‘This is a shocking incident resulting in serious injuries to two of our blue light colleagues.
‘We are treating it as an isolated incident and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the attack.
‘It is too early to say in detail, but it is believed that the gentleman may have been suffering a mental health crisis at this time.’