Richard Stanton and John Volanthen

Richard Stanton and John Volanthen – Stanhope Gold Medal

The Stanhope Gold Medal 2019 was awarded jointly to Richard Stanton and John Volanthen for their courage and leadership during the Tham Luang cave rescue in Northern Thailand, in July 2018. Their actions, and those of their fellow divers, saved twelve young Thai boys, their football coach, and four Thai water engineers who were also trapped. Read the incredible story here.

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Cadet L/Cpl Abigail McCourt

Cadet L/Cpl Abigail McCourt – Testimonial on Vellum

Cadet Lance Corporal Abigail McCourt and her family were first on the scene to help Sergei and Yulia Skripal following the nerve agent attack in Salisbury in March 2018. For her selfless action and bravery she was awarded a Testimonial on Vellum. Read more about the incident here.

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PC James Slender

PS James Slender – Bronze Medal and Police Medal

PS James Slender was awarded a Bronze Medal in 2018 for rescuing the unconscious driver from a burning bus. He then went back into the bus to rescue a passenger. The Awards Committee later awarded this brave officer the Police Medal for his actions that day. The details of his rescue can be found here.

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Jimmy McSparron

Jimmy McSparron – Silver Medal

Jimmy McSparron was awarded a Silver Medal for his daredevil rescue of a local priest from a hilltop chapel in Peru during a mudslide following torrential rain. Read the details of his remarkable recovery operation here.

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The Royal Humane Society

Recognising bravery since 1774

We make awards for the saving of human life and for the restoration of life by resuscitation