TODAY we turn the spotlight on Emergency Services Personality in our countdown to the Examiner Community Awards. Here are the three shortlisted nominees and the winner will be revealed at the awards ceremony at the Galpharm Stadium on Monday June 6.
DAVID Deaves is a man who has selflessly dedicated his life to others.
For more than 30 years this unsung hero has virtually never had a weekend free.
Instead, he has devoted all of his time to his charity and his job.
David has helped to save countless lives during his 38 years with the ambulance service.
He works as Advance Technician based at Dewsbury Ambulance Station.
And almost every moment of his spare time is spent organising and taking part in fundraising events for Dewsbury Ambulance Charities, the organisation he set up in 1980 to help local people.
He has partially climbed Everest, cycled from John O’Groats to Lands End, climbed and cycled the Three Peaks, walked the Coast to Coast twice, Hadrian’s Wall, the West Highland Way and undertaken numerous other fundraising activities.
During that time his charity has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for local charities and individuals. He and his helpers now raise more than £12,000 annually.
The charity bought a chalet at Bridlington more than 20 years ago.
This provides free respite care for people from Kirkwood Hospice and Dewsbury’s Rosewood Centre and other deserving members of the community.
Every year for the last 31 years David – helped by his wife Angela and other volunteers – has organised a programme of charity events.
As well as the sponsored walks and bike rides, there are flag days, ambulance pulls and collections.
He even runs the tuck shop at Dewsbury Ambulance Station for charity.
Paramedic Basharat Rafiq nominated David.
He said: “He is a brilliant bloke. He has dedicated his life to others and never received any recognition at all.
“He does so much, he gives all of his spare time to his charity work and deserves to be recognised.
“David is a great inspiration to others.”
HOLMFIRTH’S flying doctor Jez Pinnell is a man who saves lives.
The senior consultant works full-time as an anaesthetist at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, with one day a week spent flying with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
For the last eight years Dr Pinnell has spent much of his free time on call as part of a quick response team at medical emergencies.
His role as a key member of the British Association of Immediate Care Schemes (BASICS) team is helping to save lives at serious accidents.
Jez’s medical training and experience mean that there are times when he can administer drugs that a paramedic can’t give.
Two years ago he gave life-saving emergency treatment to Fenay Bridge teenager Callum Parkinson, who suffered serious head injuries after being knocked down near his home.
Jez, who lives at Upperthong with his doctor wife Catherine and their two young sons, had just been about to set off on holiday when the call came in. But the prompt medical attention he and his paramedic colleagues gave at the scene helped Callum to survive.
Sgt Paul Denton, of Huddersfield roads policing team, said that Jez’s intervention could make a real difference.
He said: "There are times when we get called out to a really bad job – a collision where someone is trapped and hurt.
"His work, and that of the rest of the air ambulance team, can be the difference between life and death. I think he is a bit of a hero."
Jez said he was "very surprised" to be shortlisted for the Examiner award.
"I find the work very interesting and rewarding,’’ he said. "Sometimes you can make a big difference and seeing people get better is obviously very rewarding."
Pc DAWN Sutcliffe’s lifelong wish to become a policewoman has come true – and she is now the linchpin of a local community.
She is playing a pivotal role in the Neighbourhood Policing Team at Rastrick and making a real difference to peoples lives
Dawn, who is based at Brighouse Police Station, liaises daily with community groups, organisations, traders and residents.
She is helping to improve the quality of life and surroundings for Rastrick people and many are on first name terms with her.
According to her boss, Insp Mohammed Nawaz, she has helped to solve neighbourhood disputes, dealt with anti-social behaviour and kept youngsters on the right path.
Insp Nawaz said: "Dawn is very committed to helping people in Rastrick.
"She has dealt with some difficult issues and has become a trusted face in the community.
"She consistently provides an excellent level of performance and is held in high esteem by her colleagues.
"She has made a fantastic impact in the area."
Dawn, 45, has made a flying start to her police career. She only joined the force six years ago.
She wanted to join the police from school, but at that time the height restriction for women was 5ft 6ins – and Dawn was just one inch too short.
The mother-of-one worked for a bank for almost two decades. Then the police changed the height criteria and Dawn applied to join.
She was accepted and has never looked back.
She said: "I wanted to be a policewoman even back at school. I was absolutely over the moon to be accepted.
"I love the variety of the job and trying to work out the best way to reach an amicable solution.
"I find it extremely rewarding to be able to help people and make a difference to their lives."