A LONG-serving Evesham paramedic has hung his radio up for the very last time after 41 years service.
Phil Crowther, who started working for the ambulance service in 1965 before moving to Worcestershire three years later, celebrated his retirement with colleagues last Wednesday (August 17).
Last month Phil, and his fellow Evesham paramedic Dave Hankins who worked on a rapid response vehicle together, were given a civic award by the Chair of Wychavon District Council for the combined service of 90 years with West Midlands Ambulance Service.
As well as being a dedicated paramedic, Phil was a keen supporter of the Staff Advice and Liaison Scheme (SALS), which supports ambulance staff who have had to deal with traumatic cases.
Phil said: “I have had a fantastic career. In particular, I am immensely proud that I helped to train no fewer than 120 paramedics when I worked in the Training Department.
“Thank you to all who came to say farewell – a definite throat-lump moment.”
While Phil will be taking life a little easier from now on, he handed over the keys of the response car to Dave at his retirement celebrations.
Dave Hankins said: “I am immensely proud to work for West Midlands Ambulance Service. The way we treat patients has moved forward so much since I started.
“I know some people don’t enjoy their job, but I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every single day helping people; helping my community.”