280-years combined service - ambulance heros and heroines presented with Queen's Medal.

Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear makes presentations

Frontline ambulance workers with 20-years of service gathered at the headquarters of the North East Ambulance Service in Newcastle to collect their Queen's Medal.

The silver medal was issued under Royal Warrant in 1995, and is presented to staff with at least two decades frontline emergency service.

The presentations were made by the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Sir Nigel Sherlock KCVO, OBE, who said: "Thank you on behalf of everyone in the North East"

"The Trust has a good reputation for the work it does, and is held in high esteem. The number of calls you respond to each year is something in the region of 370,000 - of which one-third are very serious. It's perhaps a number which is not appreciated by the general public.

"You have given great service to the North East Ambulance Service, and should wear your Queen's Medal with pride."

The Lord Lieutenant was also presented with a gift of a commemorative shield, marking his support of NEAS over the years.

Ashley Winter OBE, Chairman of NEAS, said: "The Queen's Medal is a richly deserved honour for the men and women from NEAS who have worked for 20-years on the frontline.

"It is a stressful and demanding job, which at times can put our crews in very difficult - and sometimes dangerous - situations.

"Despite this, our crews always put the care of patients as their main priority. Something I'm sure everyone in the North East is extremely grateful for.

"I would also like to thank The Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear for his much-valued support of NEAS over the years."

The 14 Queens Medal recipients for 2014 are:

John Barnfather; Paul Brennan; Gareth Collins; Heather Crosbie; Jeffrey Fellows; David Graham; Harry Hogg; Michael Hugo; Jill Hutchinson; Daryen Lemmon; Ian Oliver; Gary Pentleton; Tracy Scott; Jeffrey Wandless.

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