Modest air ambulance pilot insists I’m just a small part of a big machine
ONE of the longest serving members of the Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA) has been nominated for a Pride of Bucks 999 Services Personnel award, sponsored by GE Healthcare.
Alf Gasparo has worked with the TVAA for the past 13 years as one of the pilots and is “humbled and flattered” to be nominated.
He said: “It’s completely out of the blue, I’m quite shocked really. It’s nice to be nominated and be recognised.”
But Mr Gasparo was quick to point out it is a team effort and that his job is made a lot easier by the “really strong group of people” he works with.
He said: “It’s always a difficult one because it’s always a group effort.
“I’m quite shocked by the whole thing to be honest with you.”
He added that the credit should go to the paramedics and doctors for their work.
“I’m just a smaller part of a big machine,” he said. “I don’t want to blow my own trumpet. I just come in and do my job really.”
He added: “It’s been a great, great job, in terms that every day is different. You never know what you’re going to go to.”
During his time with the TVAA Mr Gasparo has witnessed the organisation “develop as an operation.”
He said: “We’re giving the patients the best possible chance now.”
And added: “It’s just got better and better all the time really,”
His friend and fellow volunteer, John Gornall, who describes Mr Gasparo as a “great guy” said: “It’s because he’s been the longest serving plt with the Air Ambulance and certainly within the 11 years I’ve been fundraising.”
Mr Gornall said: “We never hear a bad word about him.
“He does everything for the Air Ambulance, he gets on with everybody.”
He added: “He’s always at the forefront of work. He’s a great example, there’s a long and high level of performance.”