Dave Fletcher’s work as a paramedic in Sussex began in 1974 with the renowned Prof Douglas Chamberlain, the consultant cardiologist who founded the first paramedic unit in Europe. Mr Fletcher, 59, now works in resuscitation research with Prof Chamberlain.
He said: “I was absolutely staggered to receive the news. I am very proud to receive this award.
“Things have come a long way since I started with the ambulance service. We are so very lucky in Sussex, Surrey and Kent to have such a dedicated, motivated ambulance staff who work so hard to deliver the very highest standards in resuscitation.
“Place all this alongside an excellent volunteer team of Henfield community responders – supported by 10 strategically-placed public access defibrillators, part of the 23 defibrillators in the village – and you can see that we have a recipe for success. I take my hat off to them all!”
Paul Sutton, chief executive of South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb), said: “Dave is very deserving of this award and a perfect recipient. I would like to express both my personal congratulations and that of the trust for his commitment and dedication over many years.”
HART chairman Dick Nye said: “We are very proud of Dave.”
Shipley resident David Daniels, who has served as Horsham Rotary Club president for the last year, has been appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).
He said: “I am delighted by this appointment. Having worked on the development of radar and radio frequency technology for many years to counter the menace of landmines, improvised explosive devices and other threats, it is gratifying that this work has helped those working and living on the front line and doing landmine clearance.
“I am proud, together with my many talented colleagues, to have contributed to engineering technology to counter such threats. Science and engineering makes a major contribution to the prosperity and reputation of the United Kingdom.”