The trainee paramedic who was injured answering a 999 emergency call in Leyland is out of hospital and recovering at home.
Ambulance colleagues say they are “delighted” the 26-year-old is on the mend after suffering a fractured skull in an alleged baseball bat attack hwile on a call out.
And scores of well-wishers from around the globe have bombarded the North West Ambulance Service with messages of support for the student, who could still be facing weeks of recuperation.
“Just know that you have the support of student paramedics all over the world,” said one message on Facebook.
“I hope he wasn’t put off from doing the job and he can recover emotionally.”
The trainee was answering a call late on Sunday night in Hillbrook Road when it is claimed he was struck from behind.
His female crewmate delivered first aid before putting her colleague in the back of the ambulance and rushing him to the Royal Preston Hospital for treatment.
Ambulance bosses today praised the man’s colleague for providing swift treatment.
“I must offer my praise to the crewmate who acted quickly in getting her colleague out of there and into hospital,” said Derek Cartwright, the North West Ambulance’s director of emergency service.
Other messages of support included one which read: “Really happy he’s on the mend.
“The lads and lasses on the road are on the end of too many violent incidents.”
• Lewis Westwood, 19, of Hillbrook Road, Leyland has appeared before Ormskirk Magistrates charged with grievous bodily harm with intent.
He has been remanded in custody to appear at Preston Crown Court on October 28.