A PAIR of Alcester community first responders have been awarded for their contribution to saving lives.
William Goodall and Mike Dean were honoured at a West Midlands Ambulance Service ceremony on November 6 for their excellent work in the community.
First responders are volunteers who initially respond to 999 calls while a paramedic is en route.
Mr Goodall, who is a company director, was presented with the Distinguished Service Award.
He has organised Alcester’s CFR training, rotas and regular meetings for the last five years, making it one of the best schemes in the county.
Mr Dean was also praised for his continuous support to the service for more than five years. He was also recognised by ambulance staff for his brilliant patient care.
Anthony Marsh, West Midlands Ambulance Service chief executive, said: “ It’s not by accident that West Midlands Ambulance Service is the best performing ambulance service in our country.
“That doesn’t happen by accident. It takes a huge amount of hard work from everybody whether you are volunteer, a member of staff in our service, control room staff, support services or indeed all of those individuals who support our organisation. I am personally really, really proud of everything that they do. They are a fantastic inspiration to all of us and to our communities.”