Awards for paramedics' exemplary service
A PAIR of paramedics have scooped national awards for decades of lifesaving work.
William Berkley and Neil Jago, of Derriford Ambulance Station, have received exemplary service awards from the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives.
Clinical support officer Mr Jago, aged 52, was nominated for dealing with numerous emergencies – including the discovery of two Second World War bombs in Plymouth city centre.
Emergency care practitioner Mr Berkley, also aged 52, was singled out for developing a lifesaving child resuscitation course for parents.
They have racked up 48 years of service with South Western Ambulance Service between them.
Mr Jago, who has been working in Plymouth for 23 years, said: "I'm flattered and very honoured. It's not something I looked for or ever expected. I can think of a lot of people who deserve this award."
Mr Jago acted as bronze commander when two unexploded Second World War bombs were discovered on Plymouth Hoe and helped evacuate people.
His citation stated he "regularly goes above and beyond the call of duty in his quest to deliver the highest standards of patient care".
He has also run ambulance charities – including one called Heart of the Matter – to raise additional funds for equipment.
He described Mr Berkley as an "absolutely dedicated" professional, and a "ambassador" for the ambulance service.
Mr Berkley, who has been working at Derriford for 25 years, said: "It was a very humbling experience to be nominated and recognised.
"Ninety nine per cent of our ambulance personnel should get an award because they do a wonderful job."
Mr Berkley's focus on paediatric care and training started in 1990 after he attended a seminar on cot death and infant resuscitation.
After studying paediatric life support at length in his own time he became the lead for the project.
More than 1,000 people have been trained, enabling parents to save their children's lives.