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Like father, like son – meet the lifesavers who followed in their dad’s footsteps

THE Welsh Ambulance Service is celebrating Father’s Day by shining a spotlight on all the amazing Dads in the organisation – and the children who followed in their footsteps.

This Sunday, as the world marks Father’s Day, the Trust pays tribute to those fathers whose careers were such an example to their children that they decided to cement their own place in the organisation.

Among them is Llandudno paramedic Osian Roberts, whose 25-year career on the frontline inspired son Aron to join the service as an Emergency Technician in Llandudno at the age of 21.

Aron, a former pupil at Ysgol y Creuddyn, said: “From an early age I have been interested in my father’s work and attended many Emergency Service Events where I decided that this would be the career for me.

“At the age of 16 I became a volunteer with the British Red Cross and at the age of 18 I was a driver for the G.P out of hours service working mainly from Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor. Whilst working here I became a Community First Responder and enjoyed it so much I helped to set up the Aberconwy and Colwyn teams.

“I was 21 when I passed as an Emergency Technician originally based at Dobs Hill, but I was lucky enough to transfer closer to home in Llandudno.

“I know that my mother is also extremely proud of me working with my Dad but she did have a nightmare sorting out our uniforms.

“It’s great doing the same job as my Dad, knowing that he understands and is there for support at difficult times. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw from and is able to share these experiences with me which helps me to become a better clinician.”

Osian, who is also a Clinical Team Leader, said: “I was born in Bangor North Wales and was brought up in Llandudno with my parents and elder sister. My father was a policeman so a career in the emergency services seemed a natural choice for me. I moved to Cardiff aged 16 to begin my career with the Ambulance Service returning back to North Wales in 1991 where I now live with my wife Rachel and two sons Aron and Sion. In 1991 I completed my Technician Course in Liverpool then progressed rapidly in 1993 to become Wales’s youngest Paramedic aged 21.

“From an early age it was obvious that Aron’s intentions were to follow in my footsteps having taken a more than average interest in the work that I did. Whenever there was an opportunity to do so, Aron was there helping out, attending Emergency Service Day’s and even proudly donning his very own uniform at age 7.

“I am extremely proud of him as he has worked very hard to achieve his goals.”

Rob Jeffery is the Trust’s Head of Operations in the Hywel Dda and Powys health board areas.

Last year he was awarded the Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal for dedicating his 30-year career to the ambulance service in Wales.

His wife Paula Jeffery is an Advanced Nurse Paramedic based in Tenby and his 22-year-old son Alex works for the Trust’s Urgent Care Service, based in Pembrokeshire.

Pembroke-born Rob said: “I was born in Pembroke and grew up between Swansea and Pembroke Dock. I signed up for the army at 14 serving in the Welsh Guards for 10 years and working for Bechtel Petrochemical for 3 years before joining the Pembrokeshire Ambulance service in 1985.

“I have been proud of Alex since the day he was born, he can be very laid back but colleagues, whose opinion I value, tell me he’s good with the patients and that’s what we are all in the service to do. He has grown up with the ambulance service as a regular topic of discussion.

“I do slightly envy Alex as I believe he has joined the service at a time when it’s making great strides forward and the ambulance service has never been held in such high regard. Hopefully I can continue in a small way to help both Alex and the service on this journey.

“I have met some great people in this job and I’m sure it will be the same for Alex.”

Alex, a former pupil at Pembroke Comprehensive said: “I was born in Pembroke Dock and went to Pembroke Comprehensive. I left school at 16 to study Sports Development and Coaching in Pembrokeshire College, joining the Ambulance Service in 2015 on Patient Care Services.

“My Dad always said it was a privilege to go into people’s homes or lives when they are most in need and this stuck with me from an early age.

“I did my Emergency Medical Technician training in Swansea and parts of the course were challenging however it does equip you to begin your career. My Dad was always there with encouragement when I needed it. I now have a county relief position in Pembrokeshire and all the staff here have been very supportive.

“Our paths cross quite often in work but you’d never know we were related although staff who worked on the road tell me we are very much alike, although I am three inches taller!’

“I tell my Dad he works too many hours but he still very much enjoys what he does so I guess that’s got to be a good sign.”

Notes to Editors
001: Paramedic Osian Roberts and his son, Emergency Medical Technician Aron Roberts.

002: Head of Operations Rob Jeffery and his son Alex Jeffery, of the Urgent Care Service.

For more information, please call Communications Specialist Rachel Watling on 07387 249903 or email Rachel.Watling@wales.nhs.uk


16 Jun 2017 15:38




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