Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Awards for Medics Who Went above and Beyond

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Awards for Medics Who Went above and Beyond

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THE ambulance teams that worked on some of this year's most tragic call-outs have been recognised for going above and beyond the call of duty.

The North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) has unveiled its shortlist of ambulance heroes in 2016.

The Trust's Beyond the Call of Duty awards are held annually to recognise the outstanding contribution of its 2,500 staff. Now in their fifth year, this year's awards, which are sponsored by law firm Ward Hadaway, saw the highest ever number of entries, with 294 nominations received. Among the individuals and teams awarded were paramedic Tina Dyer and Advanced Technician Jan McLoughin who won the Emergency Care Award 2016.

Both were nominated for the award by a colleague in the operations centre for their involvement in responding to victims of a double murder - Lynne Freeman, 46, and Jodie Betteridge, 30.

Tina and Jan attended the emergency call out in Redcar in March this year following reports of a critical patient who had been involved in a serious assault.

While on scene dealing with the patient's critical condition, just seven minutes later, the police and ambulance service were alerted to reports of a second person having been attacked, less than a mile away. The two volunteered from the scene of the first incident, to then attend the second along with the police, to give the patient the best chance of survival.

Described as "delivering amazing frontline care with respect to their colleagues and patients", the two worked as a team in a stressful situation, with their commitment to save lives and help patients in times of need.

Sadly, despite Tina and Jan's dedication, both Miss Freeman and Miss Betteridge died from their injuries.

Also recognised in the awards was the team that responded to their colleague, paramedic Chris Allen, when he suffered a massive brain haemorrhage during a call-out at Tees Dock. …

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