Lifesavers are honoured

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LIFESAVING volunteers from across South Yorkshire have been honoured for their commitment and dedication at an event hosted by the region’s ambulance service.

More than 100 of Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s Community First Responders gathered for the ceremony at Pitches Sports and Social Club in Rotherham. The volunteers provide immediate care to people as they wait for an ambulance to arrive.

Three special awards were also presented by David Whiting, chief executive of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, and chair Della Cannings.

Tony Dutton, from Wombwell, received the Edwin Burland Award for volunteering work since 2005 which has seen him attend 300 incidents.

Bruce Wilson, from Maltby, who has been volunteering for 10 years, was given an award for his outstanding contribution to the scheme where he has helped 600 patients.

The contribution of staff at insurance company Westfield Health was also acknowledged following donations of almost 60 defibrillators across South Yorkshire since 2002.