A lifesaving volunteer who has spent a decade responding to emergency calls in and around Market Rasen has been recognised with an award.
Steve King has bee a frist responder for more than 10 years and has also been instrumental in helping to set up new LIVES groups in the area surrounding Market Rasen.
Last week Steve was presented with Market Rasen and District Rotary Club’s Community Service Award.
The award was made at Market Rasen Methodist Chapel in front of a large crowd, there to watch the Rotary club’s annual carol concert, which took place on Tuesday December 11.
Market Rasen and District Rotary Club’s Community Services Chairman Ray Pearson said: “Over 10 years and 1,200 call outs, and counting, Steve King saved many lives.
“Recovery from his own heart attack inspired Steve to train as a volunteer LIVES Responder, having previously driven his LIVES Responder wife Jenny, to some calls.
“Mobilised following 999 calls alongside an ambulance, Steve attends various calls from respiratory difficulty, falls and cardiac arrests at home to road traffic incidents, the first medically trained person on scene.
“This early intervention is the difference between life and death, especially across Lincolnshire’s rural, isolated communities.”
On accepting his award in front of a packed methodist chapel, Steve said: “That’s left me quite speechless and those of you that know me know that that is quite a thing. When I was invited here I thought it was for my wonderful singing voice.
“I accept this award on behalf of all the responders who are a vital part of their communities.”
LIVES are always looking for more volunteers. Call 01507 525999 for more information.
to train to become first responders in towns and villages across Lincolnshire.
Anyone interested in getting involved with the charity can call its headquarters on 01507 525999.
LIVES 2013 calendars are still available from the Market Rasen Mail office at Rasen Hub in Union Street. They cost £4.50 with all money going to charity.