WINNER: Heather Crosbie
Paramedic Heather Crosbie volunteered to be part of a joint emergency services project called Operation Dragoon, aimed at raising awareness of dangerous driving amongst 16-23 year olds. Having no experience of public speaking did not put Heather off wanting to help young people understand the potential consequences of being involved in a road traffic collision.
Following a series of videos from families who have lost their loved ones, Heather sensitively recalled her own physical and emotional reactions to events she herself has witnessed to an audience of over 200. This is something which can be difficult to explain for employees who are taught to react to situations with professionalism and deal with emotions later.
A true credit to NEAS, Heather overcame her fears and represented NEAS as caring, skilled and professional workforce, receiving high praise from the Chairman and Deputy Chief Constable and undoubtedly ensuring more young people stay safe on the roads.
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Vince McCluskey