Funeral of Paramedic Ron Pile

Family, friends and colleagues have paid their respects to a popular London Ambulance Service paramedic who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident.

Romford Paramedic Ron Pile, aged 43, from Sidcup, died on Wednesday 23 April while on a motorcycle training course in Priddy, Somerset.

More than 250 of Ron’s colleagues attended his funeral at St Andrew’s Church in Hornchurch yesterday (6 May).

Romford Ambulance Operations Manager Steve Colhoun said: “It was a very, very sad occasion but the only thing we could do was to give Ron the send off that he deserved, and that is what happened and I am very proud of all the staff who attended for making it such a special day.

“Ron was held in very high regard, and that is shown by the number of his colleagues who attended his funeral to pay their respects.

“This is a tragedy that has really driven through the heart of Romford Ambulance Station, and also those in Becontree and Hornchurch. Everyone is very grateful to those staff who came in from other stations to cover emergency vehicles to allow them to attend Ron’s funeral.”

Ron joined the Service in 1988 and worked at Romford, Tottenham, and Poplar stations. He had recently joined the Motorcycle Response Unit.

Donations in memory of Ron can be made to either the London Air Ambulance at www.justgiving.com/ronniepile or the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, who treated Ron, at www.justgiving.com/ronpile.

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