A FATHER who lost his two daughters in the Hillsborough disaster has been reunited with the policeman who tried to help them on the day of the tragedy.
Trevor Hicks, who lost daughters, Sarah, aged 19, and Victoria, aged 15, in the 1989 disaster, and who became chairman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, met Peter McGuinness in the Hillsborough Memorial Garden.
Mr Hicks last met Mr McGuinness when he was a young constable and he pulled Victoria on to the pitch to try to save her, while medics worked on Sarah alongside them. He broke the news of Victoria’s death to Mr Hicks.
Mr Hicks described him as a “hero” and added: “I didn’t see this as the two sides, South Yorkshire Police versus the families. I see this as me the individual saying thank you to another individual who happened to be a young police officer on the day for what he did to help.”
Mr McGuinness said: “My instinct was to give him a hug as I did all those years back in the hospital when I told him the terrible news. But somehow the hug became a stiff handshake.”
He added: “After 30 years you sort of think you’re hardened to various aspects of life and death. Getting back to the human interaction with Trevor it’s been a reminder of what’s this all about. This was about Victoria, his daughter Sarah and all the other victims. In amongst that there’s such a tragic story.”