Local ambulance staff Adam and Chris get top honours

By Beth Sharp Thursday 27 March 2014 Updated: 27/03 23:24

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TWO WEST Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) staff have been honoured for their outstanding life-saving work.

Adam Joynes, a Bromsgrove based Clinical Team Mentor, and Hollymoor paramedic Chris Salt were presented with Chief Officer Commendations during a ceremony at the Best Western PLUS Stoke-on-Trent Moat House, last Thursday (March 20).

During the evening, members of the ambulance service received accolades for long service, outstanding life-saving work and retirement certificates from Staffordshire’s Lord Lieutenant Ian Dudson CBE.

Mr Joynes was recognised for his exceptional professionalism and negotiable skills after an incident, last year, where he single-handedly talked a women down off a bridge on the M5.

After being first on the scene, he struck up a conversation with the woman and was so successful that when a senior police officer arrived he suggested he continue talking to the woman.

Mr Salt was commended for risking his life to save a workman who was buried up to his neck in a collapsed trench.

When the ambulance crew arrived at a building site in Smethwick last month and found the man, they immediately began to dig out soil to give him room to expand his chest and breath.

The team of paramedics risked their lives and worked tirelessly for three hours to rescue the man who was directly below a ready to collapse wall and next to another unstable 20ft deep, trench.

Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said staff did a fantastic job in every corner of the West Midlands, regardless of the difficult pressures which confronted all the staff.

“Being the best takes an awful lot of hard work, determination, commitment and professionalism and I am really proud and grateful for all of your work that all of our staff and our volunteers put in every day to continue to improve our organisation.”

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