Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rosie Rescue Hero Jane Tells Her Story as Top Paramedic

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rosie Rescue Hero Jane Tells Her Story as Top Paramedic

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Little Rosie Wright, the girl who almost died in the Dreamspace tragedy, is now recovering well enough to start nursery soon. Today Ron Livingstone takes a look at the dedication and top skills of the woman who played a major part in saving her life.

PARAMEDIC Jane Peacock left the road for the air - and has never looked back.

The 41-year-old quit the regular ambulance service and took to the skies with the Great North Air Ambulance Service two years ago.

Now she has a qualification many doctors would crave and has been at the leading edge of incidents most of us hope never to see.

She is believed to be the only paramedic in the country qualified in the transfer of critically-ill patients - a role normally reserved for doctors.

Jane, a mother of two from Middleton St George, near Darlington, played a central role in the recent inflatable tragedy at Chester-le-Street in which two women lost their lives and 14 others were injured.

Rosie Wright, three, came close to death but won her fight for life and has now returned home.

Jane, who has seven years' service as a paramedic, also played a key role in a road accident where two Darlington brothers were critically injured.

She helped save their lives but also arranged for them to go to the same hospital so their parents would find it easier to visit them.

You might also find her training police firearms officers in lifesaving skills in treating gunshot wounds and traffic officers in dealing with roadside carnage.

And en route to the incidents she may be up front in the helicopter navigating.

Like her airborne paramedic colleagues - and the doctors who work casual days with them - she had to complete the daunting four-week helicopter emergency management (HEMS) course.

To win the coveted Crew Member stripe students must complete a four week course - including a week on aviation. …

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