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Courtesy of the BBC - January 14

A former ambulanceman has told the Hillsborough inquests the situation was so bad that he had to "play God" in deciding who to treat.

Andrew Lawson described the "complete chaos" on the pitch after the crush.

The coroners' court in Warrington also heard he left the ambulance service after telling bosses they got it "completely wrong" at the 1989 tragedy.

Mr Lawson said it became "pretty clear that any concerns [he] had were not appreciated" by his superiors.

Ninety-six fans died as a result of the disaster at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium.

Mr Lawson was working in his second job as a waiter at the stadium on the day of the 15 April 1989 disaster.

He told the jury he went on to the pitch when he saw fans climbing over the fence at the Leppings Lane terrace.

"There were bodies all over the place, and people helping, people staggering, it was just complete chaos," he said.

Mr Lawson recalled how he gave CPR to a man who was lying on the pitch for about three or four minutes.

When there was no response, he said he moved on to another patient.

He said: "I'd never been in anything like that before and I've never been in anything like that since, it was like you'd got to choose to play God, and that's not very pleasant.

"There were people all around you who needed assistance and what do you do? You're supposed to never give up on anybody but when somebody... I'm not saying any more."

Mr Lawson said he treated several people, and also called ambulance control from the stadium to declare a major incident.

On the Monday following the disaster, he said he expressed his concerns to his bosses about the ambulance service's response.

He told his station officer there had been no control and he thought the organisation had got it "completely wrong".

When asked how that comment had been received, Mr Lawson said he had been told he "didn't know enough to know that it was wrong or right" and that "he was just a part-time ambulanceman that trundled people to and from hospital."

Mr Lawson left the service soon afterwards.

He said: "It was made to be known, I shouldn't have been there on the day, I shouldn't have got involved, I should have stayed well away."

The hearings continue.