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Ambulance worker Ashley Barrett retires after dedicating 39 years to the London Ambulance Service
An ambulance worker who played a leading role at every major incident in London over his 39-year-long career has retired from the ambulance service.
Sixty-year-old Ashley Barrett, of Gallants Farm Road, East Barnet, was presented with a commemorative ambulance bell and certificate by London Ambulance Service chairman Richard Hunt at a special ceremonial event on Thursday.
During his career, Mr Barrett was either a frontline responder or had a command role at every major incident, including the Paddington rail crash in 1999 in which he was senior officer in charge of the crash site.
He was also on call at the Potters Bar rail crash in 2002 and was part of a team who travelled through 96 countries raising money for the Foundation of the Study of Infant Deaths.
The team’s achievement made it into the Guinness Book of Records as they completed the challenge in just 95 hours.
Mr Barrett said: “It’s been a privilege to work for the ambulance service and it was great to be recognised for my commitment to the service.
“I’ve worked with such great people over the years and can easily say I enjoyed it all. I’m so proud to have been a part of it – the service does Londoners proud.
“I have very happy memories and am looking forward to maintaining a relationship with the ambulance service.”
Mr Barrett has joined the London Ambulance Service Retirement Association so he can keep in touch with fellow retired ambulance workers and share his thoughts on how the service is run.
At the celebration, 20 other retiring workers who in total had completed 627 years dedication to the service were also thanked.
Speaking at the event, Mr Hunt said: “I am proud to be here and recognise these members of staff for their bravery and dedication.
“Their commitment throughout the years has ensured that Londoners continue to receive the very best medical care when they need it most and I am honoured to praise their loyalty.”
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