A HEMs critical care paramedic has made an emotional appeal to the public following the tragic death of his colleague who died yesterday (21st December) following a long battle with COVID.
In a tweet, the HEMs critical care paramedic said:
‘This is my friend, Chad.
‘Chad is a bloody good paramedic. Yesterday (21st) he succumbed to COVID after a long battle.
‘COVID is real and is killing. Please for all our sakes stay at home. DO NOT TRAVEL.
‘Your Christmas gathering may well take another life. It’s not worth it.
‘WEAR A BLOODY MASK’.
The news of Chad’s tragic death comes less than four days after members of UNISON (London Ambulance Service Branch) paid tribute to Robbie Muir who passed away on Wednesday 16th December after what was described as “a short illness in hospital”.
Robbie joined the London Ambulance Service 25 years ago and spent all of his career based out of Romford, east London, saving countless lives.
Following the tragic death of Robbie, a spokesperson for the LAS Unison Branch said:
‘Robbie was a genuine, happy-go-lucky, cheeky Essex boy that when you met him, you always remembered his name!
‘His love of going to ‘gigs, scooter rallies & weekends away’ were second to none. Whenever you spoke to him, he had so much planned with the music scene (especially the Ska scene) throughout the year.
‘Known as “Monkey” by some of his colleagues at Romford Station and “Bounce” by his mates on the scooter scene.
‘If you ever had any problems, Robbie would always be there, it may have been just a listening ear, or a meet up for a pint you could always rely on Robbie.
Robbie’s death happened less than six months after Romford LAS complex lost another member of its emergency ambulance staff, Jamie Lamb.
Robbie was Jamie’s best man when he got married in August last year.
The exact number of frontline emergency services personnel who have died of COVID is not known.
Neil Ruch, a paramedic who worked for the East of England Ambulance Service, died in May this year having also contracted the deadly virus.
Neil, who worked at Basildon Ambulance Station in Essex, died on Monday 18th May after being admitted to hospital in April.
Mr Ruch, who worked as a paramedic with EEAST since 2013, originally came from Vevey in Switzerland and lived in Canvey Island, Essex.
Mr Ruch, who had previously worked at London Ambulance Service from 2006 to 2013, was the second EEAST staff member to die with COVID-19.
He had been on a ventilator in intensive care in Basildon Hospital.
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