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'Godfather' of ambulance station wins top honour

PUBLISHED: 04:43 02 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:43 02 July 2010

HE MAY have been dubbed the grandfather of Poplar ambulance station by colleagues but David Hyam is now officially the A&E Person of the Year. Paramedic David Hyam, who has worked for the Service for 38 years, was named Accident & Emergency Person of t

HE MAY have been dubbed the "grandfather" of Poplar ambulance station by colleagues but David Hyam is now officially the A&E Person of the Year.

Paramedic David Hyam, who has worked for the Service for 38 years, was named Accident & Emergency Person of the Year during the London Ambulance Service's special awards ceremony at The Tower Hotel, attended by 300 people.

Former heart attack patient Robert Ainsworth, who David helped to treat, presented him with the award alongside the Service's Chief Executive Peter Bradley.

David, 60, said: "It was very special to receive the award, especially with Robert there too, who was thrilled that I had won. I plan to retire next year, so it makes it extra special to have won this towards the end of my career with the Service."

Managers at Poplar ambulance station have been inundated with requests from staff for the opportunity to work with David during his final year with the Service.

David was one of 15 members of operational and non-operational staff recognised for their hard work and commitment during the last year and a special award was given in recognition of dedication to counselling and staff support services. All the award recipients were nominated by colleagues with their nominations judged by a panel of directors.

Director of Communications, David Jervis, said: "All of the nominees were voted for by the people who know them best - their colleagues. It was an evening of celebration and an excellent opportunity to recognise the hard work of outstanding individuals who make an invaluable difference to the Service and its patients.

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