Deane "Smudge" Smith was taking part in a canopy parachuting competition in Portugal in August 2008. He saw another competitor hit the surface of a lake at high speed, and rushed to assist. He provided first aid on the spot and took command of organising the recovery of the casualty. He directed others to guide the ambulance and find a suitable landing ground for the medevac helicopter, all the time continuing first aid, and he continued to assist when professional help arrived. Unfortunately the casualty died an hour later. Deane spent time consoling friends and fellow team members. The medical staff and officials expressed their gratitude and praise for Deane's response to the event and the exceptional leadership he had shown.
RAeC Certificate of Merit
British Parachute Association