Volunteer honoured for life saving work

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A Mansfield medic was honoured at the recent East midlands Ambulance Service awards night for his part in running a scheme that helped save the life of a newborn baby in cardiac arrest, as well as many more.

Simon Parry, coordinator of the Mansfield Community First Responder (CFR) group was named the winner of the The Paul Richard Basford award.

The award is presented to volunteers who have gone the extra mile and is presented in memory of EMAS volunteer Paul Basford who, along with his fiancée Tina, died in 2001 following a tragic motorcycle accident.

Simon was selected as the winner thanks to his passion and determination which has raised the profile of the scheme in the community and encouraged more volunteers to join.

His nominator said: “Simon is a superb leader who regularly goes the extra mile for our volunteers.

“Simon responded to a seven-week-old baby weighing only three pounds who was in cardiac arrest. Simon and the crew managed to keep the baby alive.

“His commitment to patient care is exemplary, he is a true gentleman.”

After being presented with the award, Simon said: “I’m proud to be part of the EMAS team.”

Simon has now successfully applied to be a technician and is currently undergoing training to join EMAS frontline colleagues.

Seven awards were presented on the night which is held to celebrate EMAS staff for going above and beyond the call of duty to support patients, colleagues and the local community.

Pauline Tagg, EMAS Chairman said: “ I hear examples every day of the amazing work that our staff and volunteers do and it is brilliant to have an opportunity to thank those staff and recognise their achievements.

“I am extremely proud of everyone for their continued dedication and commitment to their role, whatever it may be.

“These people are there at the most distressing and challenging time in a person’s life and to provide a friendly face as well as a life-saving emergency service.

“Our awards celebrate those individuals who go the extra mile to provide the best possible care.”