Lifesaver loses his own cancer battle
AN “EXCEPTIONAL” paramedic who helped save lives across Peterborough for nearly 25 years has died after a 10month fight against cancer.
Dedicated Brian Older (65), of Milton Road, Fletton, served with the East of England Ambulance Service using his medical skills at road crashes and other emergencies to treat casualties and ferry them to hospital safely.
The brave grandfather worked right up to his diagnosis of lung cancer last August and even tried to return to his duties after undergoing gruelling chemotherapy treatment.
He died on Thursday morning at Peterborough District Hospital, the day he was meant to be discharged.
Paying tribute to her beloved stepfather, who was affectionately nicknamed Pops by his family, Liz Halli (43) said he was her hero.
She said: “He always wanted to help anybody and everybody. He would help anyone in need.
“He wouldn’t talk about everything he saw in his job, but he would talk to his family about the ones that really touched his heart.
“My brother and his wife’s friend had a motorbike accident and he saved her life. She lost a leg but she survived thanks to what my dad did.
“He worked right up until last August, when he got his diagnosis. He did try and go back after the chemotherapy and radiotherapy but it was too difficult.”
Mr Older was born in Dagenham and later joined the army where he served as a sergeant major in Ireland, Japan and Singapore.
He went on to train as a paramedic and joined the ambulance service in 1986 and was based at the ambulance depot in Newark Road, Peterborough.
He spent the majority of his time in rapid response vehicles, but at one point, he had hoped to serve on the air ambulance.
Ms Halli said: “He was very good at his job, but in his spare time, he loved golf and motorbikes. He ran the marathon one year.”
Karl Edwards, ambulance service general manager in Cambridgeshire, said: “We were very sad to learn of Brian’s death.
“He was a highly respected and dedicated member of the team. Brian always delivered an exceptional quality of care to patients and was very well regarded by his colleagues. He will be sadly missed by all.”
He was married to Maggie (62) and also had two daughters, Amanda and Catherine, stepson Glen Baker and eight grandchildren.
DEDICATED: Brian Older, who worked as a paramedic for 25 years, died last week.