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Hillsborough campaigner says ex-Lincolnshire officers may be key to new inquest

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 04, 2012

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Hillsborough campaigner Trevor Hicks has praised two ex-Lincolnshire Police officers as heroes for trying to save his daughter during the football disaster.

The newly-released statements of Fred Maddox and Russell Greaves fully reveal their persistent attempts to resuscitate Sarah Hicks, 19, and many other victims.

Their witness statements have been published for the first time by the Hillsborough Independent Panel.

Now, Sarah's 66-year-old father – who also lost daughter Victoria, 15, in the 1989 tragedy – said the pair's testimonies could be crucial if a new inquest is ordered.

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"As far as I'm concerned they are heroes," said Mr Hicks, chairman of Hillsborough Family Support Group.

"Despite the result, I'm very grateful for what they and others did – they are the good guys.

"They were first-aiders, not paramedics, but that does not take anything away from what they did.

"These Lincolnshire officers may not be able to add anything, but they saw what was happening in the gym where the injured and dead were taken which could be relevant to the question of medical provision.

"There has been no investigation into the medical side of things.

"We now know that 41 people may have been saved had there been proper medical provision.

"When we talk about the police failing, we are talking about the loss of control at command level, not these guys."

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