Stuart Speed photographed with General Manager Sue Cousland and East coast colleagues
Lincolnshire Paramedic Stuart Speed has retired after serving 26 years in the ambulance service.
Stuart started his ambulance career in 1992 following his service in the military, joining as a Patient Transport Assistant. Two years later he progressed into a Trainee Technician role and three years later in 1997 he qualified as a paramedic and never looked back; ending his career at Skegness Ambulance Station where it all began.
Within his career he has mentored and helped progress many of our new clinicians, provided colleague support when they needed it the most, delivered seven babies into the world and saved and touched the lives of many patients and their families.
He said: “I have seen lots of changes and advances in clinical practice in my time with the ambulance service. I have met and treated thousands of patients, some of whom I will never forget. “
Stuart added that he has enjoyed every minute of serving the public and loves to see people in his area whose lives he has had an impact upon. One job in particular sticks with him.
He said: “There are a few jobs I have attended that stay with me. I once attended a gentleman who had a heart attack two weeks before he was due to get married. I and my crew mate treated him and got him into hospital to have a pacemaker fitted. He was able to get married two weeks later.
“I see him and his wife in the area; it reminds me that I have had a worthwhile and rewarding career.”
Sue Cousland, General Manager for Lincolnshire said: “It was a real pleasure and privilege to see Stuart on his penultimate shift before he heads off for a very happy and healthy retirement. Despite having only met Stuart on a couple of occasions, his smile seems to be a permanent one! It is testament to Stuart’s dedication and professionalism as he appears to be well liked and respected by everyone you speak to.
“Have a great retirement Stuart and a huge thank you from us, for all you have done for fellow staff members and the patients you have come into contact with over your 26 years in the service. You will be very much missed on the East Coast”
Stuart is planning to spend his retirement ticking off adventures from his bucket list, including a trip to America and pursing his passion for motor flying with his brother.
We wish him a healthy and happy retirement #EMAZINGStaff #PrideinEMAS