Jubilee medal joy for First Responders

Melton Community First Responders with their Queen's Diamond Jubilee medals - Peter Scott, David Simmond, Patrick Belcher, Elaine Etherington, Gary Musson and Ina Scott. Not present are John Wright and John Dehnel PHOTO: Supplied
Melton Community First Responders with their Queen's Diamond Jubilee medals - Peter Scott, David Simmond, Patrick Belcher, Elaine Etherington, Gary Musson and Ina Scott. Not present are John Wright and John Dehnel PHOTO: Supplied
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EIGHT members of Melton Community First Responders (CFR) have been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Melton CFR is a partnership between East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and St John Ambulance which sees first responders deployed to attend potentially life-threatening 999 calls.

Last year members of Melton CFR attended more than 250 patients to assist in certain types of emergency. For example, they used their defibrillators seven times to ‘shock’ a heart back into its normal rhythm.

The group now has 14 fully trained members living and responding in the Melton area taking in the north and south of the town, Saxby, Burton Lazars and Asfordby.

Phil Milligan, chief executive of EMAS, said: “We are immensely grateful to our volunteers for their commitment and the difference they make to local communities.

“It is wonderful they are receiving Royal recognition for what they do so well. I know they will wear their medal with pride, and rightly so.”

New members from Melton and surrounding villages are always welcome and no previous first aid experience is required as full training is given. To find out more call Ina Scott, Melton CFR coordinator, on (01664) 853384.