‘I found that I quite liked the job of patching people up’
Bill Walton is an ex-royal Marine turned limobike rider, instructor, and bike medic
‘I was in the Royal Marines band and one of our secondary roles was as enhanced first aiders/stretcher bearers. I went to the Gulf in 1990 and was on HMS Argus, a forward casualty receiving ship. I found that I quite liked the job of patching people up and as a result joined London Ambulance service in 1996.
“I wanted to be on the bikes but needed to gain experience, so I went to work for Virgin Limobike and also trained as an instructor. I did my IAM, ROSPA Gold and Police Class 1 before being accepted by the Kent bike unit in 2000 as a paramedic. I did that for eight years until the unit was disbanded and I was moved on to response cars.
“In 2005 I got involved in motorcycle rallies in India, enjoying numerous adventures as a bike medic both in the south and in the Himalayas. Sadly, the last one in the mountains didn’t end so well; to avoid a lorry that was overtaking a car I’d pulled in close to the rock face, but in typical Indian fashion the lorry was in turn being overtaken by a bus, which promptly crushed me against the wall. I was left with a non-displaced rotational fracture below my hip, diagnosed three days later when I eventually made it to a hospital. It’s sod’s law that the only accident of my professional career was half way up a mountain in the Himalayas!
“I now live on the Isle of Man where for the past three years I’ve been flying with the Air Ambulance. I also provide cover for all sorts of motorsport events such as rallying, grasstrack, the Manx and of course, the TT. 2017 will be my seventh TT and as per last year I’m hoping to be stationed in the course car.”
‘It’s sod’s law that the only accident of my professional career was in the Himalayas’
Bill Walton, left, has been flying with the air ambulance for three years now