Life­saver loses his own can­cer bat­tle

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Hobson's Choice - By ASHA ME­HTA

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.

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