Wiltshire Air Ambulance paramedics awarded for saving teenager's life

Clinical Team Leader Richard Miller (left) Paramedic Ross Culligan (right)

Clinical Team Leader Richard Miller (left) Paramedic Ross Culligan (right)

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by , Devizes area senior reporter

TWO Wiltshire Air Ambulance paramedics have received awards for their actions in saving the life of a teenager.

Richard Miller and Ross Culligan received the Chief Officer’s Commendation for actions above and beyond the call of duty in treating 18-year-old Dylan Jones.

Mr Jones, of Gloucestershire, suffered catastrophic injuries when his motorcycle was struck by a car on a country road in Lechlade on the evening of August 6 last year.

The first ambulance crew on the scene found Mr Jones to be suffering from a severed trachea and oesophagus and lacerated jugular vein plus multiple fractures.

The crew began life saving treatment and, despite his injuries, Mr Jones was conscious.

The Wiltshire Air Ambulance with Mr Miller and Mr Culligan onboard flew to the scene in 15 minutes and they together with others, including Swift medic Dr Ed Valentine, of Corsham, spent 40 minutes treating Mr Jones.

He was flown to the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, where he underwent a nine hour operation and spent three months in hospital.

The citation on the awards said: “The helicopter is one of only two air ambulances in the country able to fly at night. The high quality treatment he (Mr Jones) received at scene, combined with the rapid transfer by air to the trauma unit helped ensure that the patient not only survived but has since made an incredible recovery.”

Air ambulance pilot  Andrew Figg, Dr Valentine, Aaron Lockitt and Joel Brace, who were the first ambulance crew on the scene, also received Chief Officer’s Commendations.

Mr Miller, of Devizes, has been an air ambulance paramedic for nine years and is clinical team leader while Mr Culligan, of Trowbridge, has been an air ambulance paramedic for two years.

Mr Miller said: “It was very nice to be nominated for the award. It sounds cheesy but we were just doing our job that night. Dylan’s injuries were among the worst I have seen.”

Mr Miller said of the incidents the Wiltshire Air Ambulance attended about three per cent were outside Wiltshire.

Mr Jones and his family have visited the Wiltshire Air Ambulance base in Devizes to thank the crew and see the helicopter and they are raising money for the charity by taking part in the Oxford Half Marathon.

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3:08pm Mon 11 Feb 13

redrum says...

Well done to you both, all you emergency services people are wonderful in what you do, especially with the severity of some things you have to deal with. Any time i have had to call you out to my patients you have been great. Keep up the good work.
Well done to you both, all you emergency services people are wonderful in what you do, especially with the severity of some things you have to deal with. Any time i have had to call you out to my patients you have been great. Keep up the good work. redrum
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7:19pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Just how many of "your" patients have required emergency treatment from air ambulance paramedics exactly?
Just how many of "your" patients have required emergency treatment from air ambulance paramedics exactly? Mrs Donnyfly
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8:47am Tue 12 Feb 13

moonrakin wurzel says...

The Wiltshire Air Ambulance is funded by voluntary public donations - there is no NHS money spent. Front line NHS funds are reserved in part for putting up hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of "pro" plain packaging anti tobacco advertising eyesore billboards ...
The Wiltshire Air Ambulance is funded by voluntary public donations - there is no NHS money spent. Front line NHS funds are reserved in part for putting up hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of "pro" plain packaging anti tobacco advertising eyesore billboards ... moonrakin wurzel
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12:41pm Tue 12 Feb 13

redrum says...

2 of my patients in 15 years is that ok with you, a few more that have had to go by land ambulance and those paramediccs are just as wonderful as the air Doctors.
2 of my patients in 15 years is that ok with you, a few more that have had to go by land ambulance and those paramediccs are just as wonderful as the air Doctors. redrum
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9:18pm Tue 12 Feb 13

notscot says...

redrum wrote:
Well done to you both, all you emergency services people are wonderful in what you do, especially with the severity of some things you have to deal with. Any time i have had to call you out to my patients you have been great. Keep up the good work.
So - you've progressed from "senior" support worker to nurse or doctor, have you?
Because unless you have - they're NOT your "patients".
[quote][p][bold]redrum[/bold] wrote: Well done to you both, all you emergency services people are wonderful in what you do, especially with the severity of some things you have to deal with. Any time i have had to call you out to my patients you have been great. Keep up the good work.[/p][/quote]So - you've progressed from "senior" support worker to nurse or doctor, have you? Because unless you have - they're NOT your "patients". notscot
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