Ambulance man bids farewell

Former ambulanceman Gary Sanderson
Former ambulanceman Gary Sanderson

Ambulanceman Gary Sanderson, 48, has had some hair-raising experiences during his 33 years with the service.

The father-of-three, who’s taking a well-earned rest from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said the most rewarding was being in a position to save lives.

He added: “Being there at childbirth is also amazing – although the last delivery I attended was in a car in the middle of a cow field.”

He was on call for the Hatfield and Potters Bar train crashes, as well as the Buncefield explosion but admitted: “When I signed up I expected to deal with tragic and sensitive incidents.”

Gary worked his way up from non-emergency ambulances to front-line vehicles and fast response cars, winning several commendations along the way, including the Queen’s Ambulance Long Service & Good Conduct Medal.

His last appointment was as communications manager for the East of England region.

He is passionate about promoting road safety awareness and would like to become involved in helping bereaved families after road traffic collisions.