NARS volunteer, critical care paramedic Ryan Warwick, receives a bravery award from Anthony Marsh, chief executive of the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust. Photo: SUPPLIED
The car left the road and landed upside down in the ditch in Wissington, near Downham – trapping the driver inside.
Temperatures were close to freezing at the time of the accident in February, and it was pitch black and raining heavily.
Despite not being able to swim, Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS) critical care paramedic Ryan Warwick was among other members of the emergency services who plunged into the water in a desperate attempt to rescue the woman from her car.
Once the driver was out of the car, attempts were made to revive her at the side of the road. But Roseanne Stewart, 26, from Lynn, later died in hospital.
A female passenger also in the car managed to escaped with cuts and bruises.
Ryan was meant to be off-duty that night, but he attended the call-out in a volunteer capacity. In recognition of his actions, he has now received the Chief Ambulance Officer’s commendation for bravery from the East of England Ambulance Service.
Mr Warwick was among more than 100 others from across the region to receive awards from the service earlier this month.