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Hackney paramedic lights the way at memorial service

London Ambulance Service Paramedic Joanne Wiggett was chosen to carry a candle at the national memorial service for the victims of the London bombings on Tuesday 1 November.

Joanne, who has been a paramedic at City and Hackney Ambulance Station for just over a year, was given the special role of carrying a flame symbolising one of the scenes of the bombings. She was accompanied by Steve Goszka, the Underground Manager at Edgware Road station and Paul Dadge, the former firefighter who became one of the famous faces of the disaster as he was pictured helping a survivor to safety.

She said: “I felt very proud and honoured to be asked to represent the London Ambulance Service. As I carried the candle, my thoughts were with those people that I met and helped on 7 July, those that we tried to save but couldn’t and the families of those that lost loved ones.”

On 7 July, Joanne and her crewmate Steve Roberts were called to King’s Cross station to help treat the seriously injured. They tended to a woman with multiple injuries who died at the scene and provided extensive treatment to two seriously injured men before taking them to hospital.

Joanne, aged 22, was joined at St Paul’s cathedral by 30 of her London Ambulance Service colleagues, all of whom played a vital role in the rescue operation.

The service was attended by the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, political and religious leaders but the majority of the 2,300 congregation were those directly affected by the bombings—bereaved families, survivors and emergency and transport workers.

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