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Droitwich ambulance man gets outstanding achievement award

Droitwich Editorial 19th Nov, 2014 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

A DROITWICH man who dedicated 30 years to the ambulance service has been handed an outstanding achievement award.

Steve Evans, 70, of Mayflower Road, was the first person in the West Midlands to become a operational paramedic out on the roads, and just the 18th in the country.

High Sheriff Dr Tim Watts presented Steve with his accolade last week recognising his extraordinarily skills, dedication and meritorious work for the service.

Steve said he was first approached in the 1980s by West Midlands Ambulance Service which was interested in putting together a group of people to come up with a training program for paramedics.

He added in his day there was no such thing as a paramedic so it was a whole new concept.

Steve joined forces with 20 other professionals from across the UK to develop the programme and during that time he became one of the first operational paramedics.

Steve spent many years with the ambulance service and as the organisation’s head of press before he retired.

However retirement did not stop him and he later took on a voluntary role of press advisor giving his skills to the Ambulance Service Benevolent Fund (ASBF) – helping both serving and retired ambulance staff and their immediate dependants in times of exceptional hardship. He retired for a second time several years later.

Steve said when he first joined the ASBF most of the staff in the service did not even known the organisation had a charity.

He worked hard to get the message out and gradually developed and moved it forward in line with the other emergency services’ charities.

Steve added: “I was quite humbled and shocked to be chosen to receive the award, it came out of the blue.

“I thought crikey because I was only doing what I enjoyed doing and was delighted to accept the award.

“I felt very proud and privileged to accept it.

“There were some really outstanding awards during the evening most of them were volunteers.

“It was a very special evening.”

A representative for the West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “Steve’s work has helped the charity to national prominence.

“Together with charity patron Simon Weston of the Falklands fame, Steve has achieved remarkable things for ambulance staff and volunteers alike.”

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