THIRTY years ago this month, two young men joined the ambulance service.
Huddersfield paramedics Alan Parkinson and Roy Whitehead have now been awarded the Queen's Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct.
Roy has also received a Police Commendation, after coming to the rescue of a paraglider who fell on to a narrow ledge above a 40ft drop high on the moors above Marsden.
Countless births, accidents, explosions, murders and fires later, Alan, 55, and Roy, 54, still love their job as much as when they started.
Alan - or Parky as he is known to his colleagues - said: "There are not many jobs where you can go home at the end of the day and say you saved a life."
Roy, who has been station officer at Huddersfield for 15 years, said: "We see some terrible things, but for every sad outcome there are many more happy ones.
"The babies we get to deliver, the patients who go on to make a full recovery, the heart attack victims who one minute don't have a pulse and the next are sitting up talking to you."
Roy is married to Kathleen and has a grown-up son and seven-year-old grandson.
Alan served with the Royal Artillery before becoming an ambulance crewman.
He is married to Susan, who works part-time for West Yorkshire ambulance service.
He has a grown-up son and daughter and a stepdaughter.
Both men have seen huge changes to the service over the years - not least in the pay, which began at £19.50 a week.
Medical training was also pretty minimal in the mid-1970s, with emergency crews only required to attend a St John Ambulance first aid course.
Since then, Roy and Alan have undergone extensive programmes to become paramedics.
While Roy acts as station officer, Alan tutors new recruits and works as a rapid responder.
These days, their ambulances are also fitted with the latest life-saving equipment, hydraulic tail-lifts and stretcher trolleys, as well as satellite navigation.
Down the years, the pair have been involved in a few unusual emergencies.
Alan once rushed out to save the life of a very poorly child in Fartown - or so he thought.
But when he arrived and quickly unravelled a blanket in front of a fire he found his patient was a cat.
Paramedic and group station manager Edgar Hellmich said of the men: "Parky is known for his sense of humour and Roy for his calm, strong demeanour - so they complement one another well."
Accident and emergency locality manager Robert Eastwood said: "The fact they are both still on front-line duties after 30 years is testament to their character and dedication."