A PARAMEDIC got a nice surprise as his 27-year career came to an end – by helping to deliver a baby.
Mick Scott’s last ever job was to bring a new life into the world as he retired after almost three decades.
The 63-year-old from Brighouse said: “It’s been a very satisfying and rewarding career. And helping with a birth on my final ever shift was a great way to finish.”
Mick, based at Brighouse ambulance station, was called to a house in Cleckheaton, where he found a mother in labour.
He helped to deliver a beautiful baby boy before saying goodbye to his colleagues.
Mick started his career with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service in 1981 as a technician based at Huddersfield.
He was promoted to Leading Ambulanceman at Brighouse in 1987 and qualified as a paramedic in 1994.
He said: “There have been a lot of changes over the 27 years. We attend a lot more jobs now and the equipment we use is more comprehensive. The advent of the paramedic role is probably the biggest change I experienced.
“It means we are able to offer more pre-hospital treatment than previously.”
Even though Mick was sad to leave his career there is one thing he won’t miss.
“I’m looking forward to not having to get up at half past five in the morning any more to start work at six,” he said.
His manager, Julie Wilson, said: “Mick is a well-known and respected member of the ambulance service. He’s offered a lot to the job over his 27 years. We all wish him a very happy retirement.”
Mick, who is pictured receiving his certificate from assistant director of operations Alan Baranowski, plans to start his retirement in style with a Mediterranean cruise with wife Elizabeth, before spending time with his family, including his two sons, daughter and five grandchildren.