Tuesday 29th July 2014 – 3.30pm – Claire Brown.
One of Birmingham’s much loved ‘Emergency Bikers’ is hanging up his leathers later today after more than 36 years’ service.
Motorcycle Paramedic Steve Harris, affectionately known as Forrest by colleagues as well as fans of Channel 5’s Emergency Bikers, is working his last shift today before he officially retires from the service.
He joined the Trust in 1978 and has worked an impressive 18 years as a motorcycle paramedic. Over the years Steve has provided patient care to thousands of people in Birmingham City Centre and beyond.
Steve, 62 from Smethwick, said: “I’ve decided that now is the right time for me to slow down so today I officially retire from full time work. I’ve enjoyed all my time working for the Trust, the people I meet, the job I do and especially the motorcycle. This role has been fantastic.”
Despite the decision to take life at a slower pace from now on, Steve can’t quite let go just yet and will be returning later in the year to be a part time biker paramedic.
Talking about his last full time shift earlier today, Steve said: “I’ve got mixed feelings about today; it’s going to be a bit of a wrench clocking off tonight. Being officially retired is going to be something different for me to get used to.
“It’s certainly going to be odd not seeing fellow bikers Mark and Steve as often but I’m sure I’ll bump into them when I return part-time in September.” See Steve Harris video here:
Dax Morris, the Trust’s Area Manager for Birmingham South, said: “To complete 36 years’ service in the same organisation is a fantastic achievement. I’d like to thank Steve for his many years of dedication, hard work and commitment to patient care. It truly is commendable and something he should be very proud of.”
Noooooo will be missed xxxxxx
best of luck in your retirement steve the age thing gets to us all enjoy xx
Wish you many happy hours on this new stage of your life, thank you for the hours of enjoyment you gave us on Emergency Bikers
Many thanks for your hard work i watch you all the time on tv i hope you enjoy your time i been really intrested on being a biker paramedic but to old now at 47
Good luck Steve in whatever you choose to do in your retirement, I think that over the years you have helped more people than you can think of, and for this we are all thankful, enjoy your retirement be safe and keep biking. You make us all proud to be British..
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo we all will miss you so much Steve don’t leaveI like seeing you on Emergency Bikers and it will be so sad to see that you won’t be there
We met, briefly, at Jumbo GB a few years ago – you were with Flymo.
Apart from your invaluable service to the community as a Paramedic, you’ve been a fantastic ambassador for motorcycling.
I wish you a long and happy retirement Sir!!
Well done Steve brilliant job serving the population of the West Midlands from mark Clements ex para wmas.