A volunteer lifesaver has won praise from his colleagues for “going the extra mile”.
Paul Nelson, of Corby, has been presented with a Going the Extra Mile award by the East Midlands Ambulance Service (Emas).
The 24-year-old, who is a full-time firefighter at Coventry Airport, has been a community first responder (CFR) with the Kettering Rural CFRs for 18 months and has attended about 150 calls.
He was presented with his award by Martin Claydon, Emas operational support manager for Daventry and Northampton.
Martin said: “We appreciate the work of volunteer community first responders and Paul’s professionalism and dedication singled him out for the award.”
Staff can nominate colleagues for the awards, and Martin added: “Paul didn’t receive the award for a particular call, instead his name kept coming up as someone who our crews thought had an excellent attitude.”
CFRs are sent to emergencies at the same time as Emas sends its own crews. As CFRs are based within their communities they can offer some treatment and support to patients until the Emas response arrives. In situations such as when a patient is suffering cardiac arrest this “first response” can contribute to saving lives.
Paul responds to calls in the Corby and Kettering areas as well as sometimes in Market Harborough.
He said: “It’s really good to get this award and I’m accepting it on behalf of the CFRs I work with, they’ve given me excellent support. I enjoy working with the ambulance crews and they’ve always made me feel a part of the team.”