Lifesavers go ‘Beyond the call of duty’

Edgar and Edna Roach
Edgar and Edna Roach
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MARKET Rasen couple Edna and Edgar Roach are praising the emergency services who went “beyond the call of duty” to help their son.

Fifty three-year-old Geoff was staying at his parents home in Holly Tree Close when he was taken ill. The extreme weather conditions had seriously affected his breathing and just before 7am last Thursday, December 2, Edgar had no choice but to call an ambulance.

But there was one thing stopping paramedics reaching their patient - the snow.

With deep snow lying on the ground, the ambulance struggled to get up to the top of Mill Road, so the paramedics left the vehicle and walked up carrying the oxygen and other equipment needed to treat Geoff.

“The paramedics were so good,” said Edgar, “and kept Geoff cheerful while they were treating him.”

The problem paramedics then had was how to get Geoff to the ambulance.

But help was on hand with the arrival of two police officers who, along with another two paramedics, dug a path to the Roach’s door.

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