Farewell to city’s cycling paramedic

Sheffield's new cycling paramedic Jonathan Alexander:

Sheffield's new cycling paramedic Jonathan Alexander:

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A Sheffield city centre cycling paramedic who patrols the streets on two wheels has completed his final shift after ambulance bosses decided to axe the service.

Jonathan Alexander has manned the Sheffield Cycle Response Unit for five years, attending medical emergencies travelling by bike.

But now the Yorkshire Ambulance Service has taken Jonathan off the road, choosing to concentrate solely on conventional road ambulances and rapid response vehicles.

The paramedic said: “It’s been an absolute privilege to serve the people of Sheffield for the past five years.

“It’s been a joy to be able to do it – I’ve got so many people to thank.”

Yesterday evening friends from the Cycle Sheffield group accompanied the paramedic on a ride out from the city centre to mark the end of his last shift.

The cycle unit was set up following a trial in 2008.

Jonathan would arrive at an incident, carry out initial treatment and then call for back-up if required.

He also worked alongside other services including the police and city centre ambassadors.

A spokeswoman for Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust said: “We are currently reviewing the use of the Cycle Response Unit in Sheffield.

“While the CRU has provided a visible and reassuring city centre presence, we would like to assure the public that the majority of emergency cover is provided by rapid response vehicles and ambulances.”

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