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EEAST staff recognised in King's Birthday Honours

Date: 17 June 2024

A recently retired senior paramedic in Essex and a volunteer community first responder in Norfolk have been recognised for their service in this year's King's Birthday Honours.

David Dean, who retired in March after 36 years as a paramedic in Essex, has been awarded a King's Ambulance Service Medal (KAM) for distinguished service. Before retiring, he was a senior paramedic mentor for newly qualified paramedics and students at the start of their career.

David said: "When I first heard about the award I was surprised and humbled at being nominated. It’s been an amazing 36 years working on the front line of the ambulance service, the job has changed immeasurably since I started, especially the level of care and treatment we can give to our patients in the field which is saving lives everyday.

"I am proud to accept this award on behalf of all the hard working ambulance crews who on a daily basis put themselves in danger to help other people without any recognition."

Nathan Liberman, a volunteer community first responder (CFR) based in north Norfolk, has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the NHS and the north Norfolk community. Nathan has been a CFR at the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) since May 2007, and he is the volunteer coordinator for the Sheringham and Cromer CFR groups.

Over the past 17 years, he has responded to over 7,000 emergency calls, mainly during the evenings and overnight. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Nathan drove ambulances to help get urgent help to patients as quickly as possible.

He said: "I am honoured and humbled to be receiving this award. It is a huge privilege to serve my local community as a volunteer CFR, helping people from all walks of life in their time of need. I am proud to be a CFR at EEAST and work with other amazing volunteers, and I am particularly proud to have helped in the fight against COVID-19, when our most vulnerable residents needed our help and support.

"A big thank you to my family – Tarn, Dainnah and Owen – for the many interruptions there have been to our evenings, meals and social life. I am grateful to have been nominated for the award, and I look forward to accepting it on behalf of all our CFRs in the ambulance service who do an outstanding job each and every day."

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