A Lincolnshire paramedic who saved the life of a husband-to-be and delivered seven babies has retired after 26 years in the ambulance service.
Stuart Speed joined the ambulance service as a patient transport assistant in 1992 before progressing into the role of trainee technician two years later.
He qualified as a paramedic in 1997 and mentored and helped other clinicians, while saving and touching the lives of patients and their families.
Stuart, who ended his career at Skegness Ambulance Station where it all began, said: “I have seen lots of changes and advances in clinical practice in my time with the ambulance service. I have met and treated thousands of patients, some of whom I will never forget.
“There are a few jobs I have attended that stay with me. I once attended a gentleman who had a heart attack two weeks before he was due to get married.
“My crew mate and I treated him and got him into hospital to have a pacemaker fitted. He was able to get married two weeks later.
“I see him and his wife in the area; it reminds me that I have had a worthwhile and rewarding career.”
General Manager for Lincolnshire Sue Cousland added: “It was a real pleasure and privilege to see Stuart on his penultimate shift before he heads off for a very happy and healthy retirement.
“Despite having only met Stuart on a couple of occasions, his smile seems to be a permanent one! It is testament to Stuart’s dedication and professionalism as he appears to be well liked and respected by everyone you speak to.”
A trip to America and pursuing his passion for motor flying with his brother are included in Stuart’s plans for retirement.