The fair weather in Shoreham, England, made it a perfect day for the annual Shoreham Airshow. AIG Travel’s Dr. Marianne Jackson and her daughter were watching the planes perform aerobatics when suddenly an aircraft called a Hawker Hunter failed to pull out of a loop maneuver and crashed on a busy road alongside the airfield, adjacent to the AIG Travel office.
Dr. Jackson sprang into action. Together, she and two volunteers from the local Red Cross who were stationed there for the show became the first on the scene – a scene that they would later learn claimed 11 lives and injured 16 others in the worst air show accident in the UK since 1952.
Dr. Jackson’s heroic efforts saving the lives of several people were recognized on a royal scale nine months later when Princess Alexandra – President of the Royal Humane Society and first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II – honored Dr. Jackson with a Testimonial on Vellum award. The society confers the award on individuals who have “put themselves in considerable danger to save, or attempt to save, someone else.”
Said Dr. Jackson, “It was a great honor to be invited and a very humbling experience. Princess Alexandra was wonderful. She insisted on talking to my whole family and made us feel very special.”