An East Harling man has bid farewell to the Norfolk NHS after more than four decades of service in multiple professions.
Steve Grime, 67, retired from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) last month, having helped thousands of patients during a long career as a paramedic before spending the last ten years in the EEAST’s supplies department in Norwich.
Mr Grime said: “Although I have been off the road for ten years, I still miss the road and that is what I joined for.
“It is just a fantastic job. I used to wonder why I was being paid for doing this.
“Your colleagues become part of your family and when I first started you had permanent crew mates and you were almost married to each other.
“A paramedic’s life is that you intervene in a patient’s life and dedicate your total attention to that patient at that time. And then you walk out of their life and move on to the next patient.”
Despite his retirement, Mr Grime will remain as the co-ordinator of the community first responder groups for Harling and District, Hopton and Garboldisham.