Volunteer named Citizen of the Year

Date: 11 May 2018

An Essex Community First Responder (CFR) has been named Rochford District Council’s Citizen of the Year 2018.

Simon Taylor from Rochford CFR group clinched the title at an awards ceremony held at the council yesterday (10th May).

Simon’s nomination describes how he has given thousands of hours of his own time volunteering as a community first responder and positively contributing to his community. Judges’ feedback included “very well done” and “much needed skills to be used with concern and passion”.

Simon said: “I feel very humbled to be recognised by my local community for the work I do to support patients who often are experiencing the worst moment of their lives. Being a CFR is very rewarding when you are able to provide lifesaving treatment or even just give reassurance to a patient but to be recognised for such makes the work so much more valued and gives an amazing emotional boost but also shows how important the CFR scheme is not only to the residents of my community but indeed the ambulance service as a whole, and I am very proud to be part of such a dedicated and caring service.”

Josh Elias, Community Collaboration Manager for Essex, said: “We’re incredibly proud of our volunteers. They work in their spare time to provide lifesaving treatment to those in their community. As a Trust we’re incredibly proud of Simon and the work he’s done for us.”

Simon also works as a senior patient liaison assistant for the Trust’s patient transport service in Essex, based in Chelmsford.

The awards were presented by the Chairman of Rochford District Council, Cllr Mrs Lesley Butcher and are held annually to recognise and acknowledge residents of the Rochford district for their valuable hard work and outstanding achievements.

  • Summary:

    An Essex Community First Responder (CFR) has been named Rochford District Council’s Citizen of the Year 2018.