London Ambulance Service pays tribute to three of our staff who have passed away

The chief executive of London Ambulance Service has paid tribute to three members of our staff who have tragically passed away recently.

Garrett Emmerson said:

“Everyone at our Service is devastated at the heart-breaking news that three of our staff have tragically passed away recently.

“These three members of our team were all well-known and loved and will be hugely missed by their colleagues and all of us.

“My thoughts and deepest condolences and those of everyone at the Service are with their loved ones and colleagues at this incredibly difficult time.”

Ian Reynolds was a paramedic at New Addington ambulance station. He worked for the service for 32 years and was still as active as ever until falling ill with Covid-19 last month.

A wise, experienced and popular man, he had time for everybody and could relate to his colleagues, union members and patients alike – regardless of their background or identity – with an ease that endeared him to everyone he came across.

He will be deeply missed by his union comrades, his Croydon ambulance family, his boys Jack and Ben (of whom he was immeasurably proud) and his wife Sian, whom he loved with all his heart.

Melonie Mitchell, a member of our NHS 111 team, also passed away. Melonie will be greatly missed by her friends and colleagues across the Service.

A third member of our team based in the east of London also passed away recently – a much-cherished and popular member of staff. Their family have asked for privacy at this time.

Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with their loved ones and colleagues at this incredibly difficult time.