A couple who have served their fellow villagers in Oxhill for 11 years by volunteering as community first responders have been thanked for their long service as they hang up their fluorescent jackets.
Mick and Barbara Shephard, both 64, have been on call to respond to 999 calls since 2003 - and they have been given a Chief Officer’s Commendation from West Midlands Ambulance Service for responding to a call-out in heavy snow by using their 4×4 responder truck, saving ambulance crews and the patient from slipping, in 2011. They also received the Queens Jubilee Medal for their service in 2012.
Mick said: “We have thoroughly enjoyed serving the ambulance service and our local communities, but we feel this is the right time to retire. Hopefully we have made a difference to people in their hour of need.”