Mod­est air am­bu­lance pi­lot in­sists I’m just a small part of a big ma­chine

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PRIDE OF BUCKS 2015 -

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.”

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