A HERO paramedic killed in a suspected freak accident on a 999 call was the “superglue of his family”, his devastated daughter has said.
Jeremy ‘Jack’ Daw was in the front passenger seat of an ambulance when a huge rock smashed through the windscreen yesterday.
The 66-year-old had returned to the frontline to help during the pandemic – but was due to retire for good in just a week.
Now his daughter Kate has told of her heartbreak at the loss of her beloved dad.
She told The Sun: “He was the superglue of our family.
“Life will never be the same without him. He was fantastic.”
The mum-of-four gave an emotional tribute to her “hero” just a day after the tragedy, which happened on the A49 in Herefordshire at 8am.
And she said: “He died doing the job he adored.
“Although he had to deal with sickness and death, he got a lot of satisfaction from his work. He enjoyed helping people.”
Photos from the scene show a hole in the windscreen of the ambulance.
Mr Daw’s brother Philip said it’s believed a stone came loose from a lorry – and called it a “freak accident, an absolute tragedy”.
“The stone had caught between two double-barrelled wheels on a lorry on a stretch of road near a quarry, and then dislodged,” Kate said today.
“The ambulance would have been going at considerable speed with the blues and twos going.
“The stone smashed through the windscreen and the impact of it in his head or throat killed dad instantaneously.
“He died at the scene. It is horrific.”
Kate, 42, said her father had just four shifts left before leaving his job.
“He would have retired fully very shortly, and with an active life ahead of him,” she said.
Mr Daw retired as a paramedic in November last year.
But he decided to return as a technician to help his colleagues and friends during Covid.
Kate said her father had been a “pillar of absolute strength”, particularly when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“He was honourable and loyal and loving,” she said.
“When my son had to do a school project on a superhero, he did it on my dad.”
West Midlands Ambulance Service chief executive Anthony Marsh said: “This is truly awful news, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and colleagues of those involved at this very difficult time.
“I am enormously proud of all the staff and the university students as part of their clinical placement that worked so hard and professionally to try to save our colleague.
“I am sorry that despite their best efforts, he could not be saved.”
West Mercia Police are asking anyone who may have seen the incident or have dashcam footage to contact them on 101 quoting incident 00101i of April 24.