A CROYDON medic has been recognised for his hard work over the last 22 years by the London Ambulance Service (LAS).
Retired emergency medical technician Steve Wollcott, 55, was among 35 people commended during a ceremony in Westminster on May 1.
Steve joined the service in 1991 as a patient transport worker in Croydon and stayed there for his 22-year career.
"I just loved working with people – every day brought something very different," he said. One day you could be treating a homeless person and the next could be the town mayor. My job was to always be the voice of calm in sometimes extreme situations."
Around ten years ago Steve was called to a woman in labour whose baby had breached.
The baby was born fighting for life, but he and his crewmate kept it alive until they could reach a hospital.
Mr Wollcott, who grew up in the area and now lives in South Croydon, said: "Every road I drive down I remember a job I attended there, and it has different memories and meanings to me. I miss the people – both staff and patients, as there were people we went to on a weekly basis and you got to know quite well."
LAS chairman Richard Hunt said: "We were incredibly proud to recognise these staff for their bravery and dedication. Their commitment over the years has ensured that Londoners get the very best urgent and emergency medical care."