Tributes paid to long-serving Nottinghamshire Community First Responder

Tributes have been paid to a long-serving Southwell Community First Responder (CFR) who has died.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 2:00 pm

Volunteer Malcolm Kirk devoted around 2,000 hours of his time each year to responding to medical emergencies and is credited with helping to save many lives during his 17 years as a CFR.

He became a CFR with East Midlands Ambulance Service after retiring from his role as a printer at the Newark Advertiser – where he had worked for 23 years – at the age of 60.

Malcolm worked for many years at Southwell Racecourse and more recently enjoyed volunteering for the National Trust at The Workhouse in Southwell.

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Malcolm Kirk was a long-serving Community First Responder in the Southwell area.
Malcolm Kirk was a long-serving Community First Responder in the Southwell area.

A tribute from Malcolm’s sons Stephen and Gary, daughters-in-law Bridget and Gwyn, and grandchildren Jordan and Millie, said: “We are so proud of his volunteer work as a CFR and the hundreds of lives he will have helped, as well as the life we know he saved.

“When Malcolm signed up to become a CFR, I don’t think any of us realised the commitment he would give to the role, if he didn’t have something planned then he was always in his uniform and logged on to respond to anyone in need.

"He found being a CFR extremely fulfilling, and when Sandra, his wife of 53 years, passed away, it became more important than ever for him.

"It was life-saving for him as it gave him a real sense of purpose.

"Malcolm was very well known in Southwell, always stopping to chat to people, and we know the town won’t be the same without him.”