Ilford paramedic awarded in Queen’s Birthday Honours talks of 46 years saving lives
PUBLISHED: 10:02 19 June 2013 | UPDATED: 10:03 19 June 2013
A paramedic who saved lives in the London Ambulance Service for 46 years insists he is “nothing special” despite being awarded for his incredible work in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Kevin Walker, 66, has been given the British Empire Medal, which rewards local service.
He retired last year as one of the longest standing paramedics in London but still works one 12 hour shift a week.
Kevin, who lives in Ilford and has always been based in the ambulance station in Aldborough Road South, Seven Kings, said he “wasn’t expecting” the honour.
He added: “I’m just really fortunate to be doing a job I enjoy for 46 years.
“I’m nothing special – I just get on with it and keep my head down.
“I just want to do my best to help people.”
Saving lives has been a life-time profession for Kevin, who entered the London Ambulance Service in 1966 aged just 18.
But working near home has sometimes been distressing.
He said: “Living and working in the same community can be difficult sometimes – I recently resuscitated someone I knew, which was difficult, but at the same time good because we brought him back to life again.”
Colleagues said Kevin is renowned for his compassion towards patients, commitment and professionalism.
He previously recognised with the Queen’s Long Service Medal for his contribution, including voluntary work and road safety campaigns.
Kevin joined initiatives including accident prevention and posters displayed across Redbridge warning teenagers of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs.
Ilford ambulance operations manager Michael Pearce said: “Kevin is an inspiration to everyone who works with him.
“He acts as a mentor to younger staff and as a support to more established staff.
“His care for patients, as well as his work in the community make him a real example to others.”
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