Life-savers presented with awards from East of England Ambulance Service Trust

Matt Broad presents Rachel Hillier with his ambulance award.

Matt Broad presents Rachel Hillier with his ambulance award. - 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

Have you got a story about the ambulance service? Contact our health correspondent nicholas.carding@archant.co.uk or call 01603 772439.

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