Paramedic awarded BEM for his voluntary work

A PARAMEDIC has been praised for his dedication which saw him awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) this week.

Philip Wadey has worked for the ambulance service for nearly 30 years and for around 40 years with the British Red Cross (BRC).

He is also a voluntary trainer for the charity and is one of only around 150 BRC volunteers to have received a Special Service Cross for his actions in trying to save a person’s life in 2007.

He has seen a number of the first volunteers he trained go on to become paramedics for both South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) and the air ambulance service.

Philip, who was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his voluntary services to first aid, said: “It was a surprise to find out but really nice to be recognised for my work and the work of all Red Cross volunteers.

“I’m not involved in the ambulance service or volunteering for the recognition but appreciate being nominated.

“I enjoy my work and I’m looking forward to receiving the medal later this year.

SECAmb chief executive Paul Sutton thanked Phil said: “Phil’s role both as a committed SECAmb paramedic and as a volunteer trainer with the British Red Cross is something he should be very proud of.”

“I would like to thank him for his continued hard work and commitment and I am delighted that SECAmb will once again be represented at the highest level with these awards.”

Phil, who works across the Hastings and Rother area, will be formally presented with his medal at an investiture ceremony later this summer.