News: March 2019

13 Mar 2019

Bereaved mum wins 999 control room award

A MOTHER whose teenage son was stabbed to death has won an award for her bravery in taking a stand against knife crime.

Amanda Cassidy has made a film for London Ambulance Service urging youngsters to stop carrying knives.

The 54-year-old started working as a 999 call handler for the service after her eldest son Greg was killed.

She said: “After that I needed something more from my life. I needed to do something to make a difference; and the job we do – we save people’s lives.”

When Amanda started in the call centre 15 years ago, calls to stabbings were scarce. Now she says they are a daily occurrence.

London Ambulance Service’s public education team is showing the film in schools to try to persuade children not to carry knives.

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12 Mar 2019

Crewmates reach 28 year milestone

DURING 28 years as crewmates two ambulance staff have saved dozens of lives, delivered more than 40 babies and survived several animal attacks.

Steve Redburn from Sidcup and Tony West from Croydon joined London Ambulance Service in 1986 and 1987 respectively before becoming crewmates in 1990. 

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