AN AWARDS ceremony has been held to honour members of the public who have gone beyond the call of duty to help save lives and support the work of West Midlands Ambulance Service’s 4,000 staff.
The event, sponsored by Cardiac Science, Ferno UK and SP Services, took place at the Best Western Plus Stoke-on- Trent Moat House, and recognised the efforts of Community First Responders, St John Ambulance other emergency services, voluntary organisations, businesses and individuals.
The Chief Officer Commendation went to June Jervis and Tracey Ainsworth from Churnet Valley Community First Responders.
A spokesman for the awards said: “Ambulance crews arriving on scene are always reassured to see individuals carrying out very effective CPR, using their AED, good airway management of the patient, plus the quick assessment any other patients.
“Such was the case in August when a serious road traffic collision which involved six patients, including an unconscious casualty.
“June Jervis and Tracey Ainsworth from Churnet Valley CFR group were on hand and they did an excellent job at the scene.
“The ambulance crew could not speak highly enough of them and for their professional actions they received a Chief Officer Commendation.” Also from the Staffordshire Moorlands, John Pointon & Sons from Cheddleton was awarded with the Business Support Award.
The awards spokesman said: “John Pointon & Sons has been a generous supporter of Cheddleton and Wetley Rocks Community First Response Team for many years, having provided the present response car used by the team.
“Not only have the team acquired a car, this year a cottage owned by the company has been renovated to a very high standard and made available to the team for use as a response post.
“Having a centrally placed base to respond from will allow the team to increase the number of hours on duty for the benefit of the local community.” Addressing the audience at the award ceremony, West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said: “It’s not by accident that West Midlands Ambulance Service is one of the best performing ambulance services in our country. That takes an awful lot of hard work, not just by our own staff that we employ but also by the volunteers.
“Over 2,000 volunteers work on a regular basis to support the ambulance service here in the West Midlands and I am really grateful for all the support that you provide.
“I know that what you do is held in very high regard and I am really proud of the work that you do.” Presenting some of the awards Susie Lillingston, the High Sheriff of Staffordshire added: “The ambulance service is under increasing pressure every day and as volunteers you have an exceptional role as you help in so many different ways.”