ONE of the first woman ambulance drivers in Huddersfield has died.
Mrs Dorothy Hartley, 53, got behind the wheel of an ambulance for the first time in 1979, when she and Wendy Lee became the first women based at the Huddersfield station in Westbourne Road, Marsh.
Mrs Hartley died last week in Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
She had been living in Longwood Road, Paddock. Mrs Hartley, a mother-of-three, had harboured childhood ambitions to be a nurse.
On leaving school she worked for a short time in a shop and also as a typist.
But she hankered for a job working with the community.
Once the West Yorkshire Ambulance Service began taking on women recruits, she applied.
She said: "I had to prove myself to the men.
"I had to prove that I could lift as well as they could and they gradually accepted me."
Mrs Hartley added: "I do my driving, which I like, and I look after people, which I like.
"There is nothing more rewarding than seeing someone's face when you walk in and you are needed," she added.
A funeral service for Mrs Hartley was held at Huddersfield Crematorium yesterday.