Hillsborough Inquest: Search for Sheffield ambulanceman

Charlotte Hennessy and her father, James, who died at Hillsborough
Charlotte Hennessy and her father, James, who died at Hillsborough

The daughter of a Liverpool fan who died in the Hillsborough Disaster is trying to trace a St John Ambulanceman who tried to save his life.

Charlotte Hennessy was just six when her dad James, 29, died in the 1989 crush.

Charlotte Hennessy

Charlotte Hennessy

The 31-year-old is now searching for the St John Ambulance worker who helped her father, in the hope he will give evidence at the new inquests to be held next year.

Charlotte believes the St John Ambulanceman would have been from South Yorkshire, and is hoping he will remember his actions on the day of the disaster.

She added an incident occurred while the ambulanceman was batting to resuscitate her dad, which she suspects he will never have forgotten.

She said documents released by an independent panel, set up to examine all the Hillsborough files held by organisations since the disaster, revealed her father was given mouth-to-mouth by a St John Ambulanceman.

She said the paperwork shows the volunteer first aider also helped to carry her dad to the gym at Hillsborough, which was used as a makeshift morgue.

“Chances are the St John Ambulanceman would have been local to Sheffield if he was working that day, so I am hoping he or somebody who knows him will find out about my appeal to trace him and come forward,” she said.

“I understand 24 years is a long time ago, but what happened that day will be remembered forever by everyone there.

“The man I am searching for was the last one to see my father alive, so it is really important that we meet him.

“He can answer a lot of our questions and, with the new inquests coming up next year, we believe he will be able to help us establish when it was my father died – as we have been told he was one of the 41 fans that could have been saved if he had received the medical help he needed.

“I understand that 24 years is a long time and it may be difficult and traumatic for this person to come forward, but there will be counselling and support available.”

Charlotte, from Flintshire, Wales, said growing up without her father was ‘heartbreaking’.

“He went to a football match and he never came home,” she said.

James had shoulder-length, wavy hair and was wearing a denim shirt with a pink T-shirt, Levi 501 jeans, and brown shoes.

The ambulanceman – or anyone who can help – can contact The Star newsdesk on 0114 276 7676 or email us at news@thestar.co.uk.

Solicitor Anna Williams can also be called on 0151 227 1429.