Life-savers presented with awards from East of England Ambulance Service Trust
- Credit: Archant
Three volunteers have been recognised for their long-running commitment to saving lives in Norfolk.
Pete Davis, Rachel Hillier and Kevin Webster have a combined total of almost 30 years' service as community first responders (CFR).
The life-saving trio have been presented with chief officer commendations by Matt Broad, a locality director with the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST).
They were given their awards at a volunteer engagement event.
Mr Davis started volunteering in 2004 in North Pickenham, near Swaffham.
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But after attending almost 1,200 emergencies, he had to stop last year as a result of poor health.
The retired milkman said: 'I'm proud to have served the community after answering an advert in a newsletter.
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'I have met some great friends over the years.'
Mr Webster co-ordinates the Wroxham and Hoveton CFR group that aims to provide cover 24/7. The group has attended more than 4,000 calls since 2007, including 100 cardiac arrests.
Ms Hillier is co-ordinator of the Diss group, which was formed in 2009, and is also a volunteer administration assistant at Diss ambulance station.
CFRs are trained to perform basic life support and attend 999 calls such as cardiac arrests, where every second is vital when a patient is not breathing and does not have a pulse. They also attend diabetes emergencies and people who are choking, having a seizure or suffering from breathing problems and chest pain.
For more information about becoming a CFR, visit http://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/get-involved/community-first-responders.htm
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