Paramedic calls it a day after 40 years

Tuesday, 22 March, 2011

A Cumbrian paramedic has called time on saving lives after 40 years in the ambulance service.

Dave Morgan, 66, worked from Distington Ambulance Station in West Cumbria.

He followed in his father's footsteps after a brief stint in the police and joined the ambulance service aged 18. Years ago, Dave's father provided ambulance cover using his taxi firm Morgan's taxis.

Dave told the Times & Star: "The best thing to happen to the service during my years was the introduction of paramedics. It is brilliant what they do now.

"The vehicles were just tin cans when I started and they had no equipment apart from a first aid kit. It was a lot quieter then.

"I will miss the company the most. They are a great crowd."

Dave waived his retirement present in favour of a donation to Cockermouth Mountain Rescue team in the form of a first aid kit worth around £230.

Director of Emergency Service at North West Ambulance Service, Derek Cartwright said: "On behalf of the Trust I'd like to thank Dave for his dedication to helping Cumbrians over the last four decades and wish him all the best for his retirement."

Throughout the years Dave received many commendations from the public and partner organisations such as Cumbria Constabulary for his efforts and commitment to duty.

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