Monday 28th September 2015 – 1.40pm – Chris Kowalik.
The site of a former ambulance station in Warwickshire has been named after one of its former members of staff.
Wilf Brown Close is a cul-de-sac in Rugby where the town’s ambulance station was previously based.
It has been replaced by 29 houses and the street was formally named on Friday 25th September as Wilf Brown Close by his wife Anne, accompanied by family and friends including former colleagues.
Pictures: West Midlands Ambulance Service
Wilf Brown worked in Rugby throughout his entire ambulance service career between 1966 and 2001. His roles included those of Leading Ambulanceman and Technician. He died in 2004 at the age of 62.
Mayor of Rugby Cllr Richard Dodd who is also a paramedic area support officer with West Midlands Ambulance Service and former colleague of Wilf’s said: “My first recollection of this site goes back to 1991 when I first entered the former ambulance station. One of the first people to actually greet me was a giant of a man who turned out to be a gentle giant who went by the name of Wilf Brown. I am sure that many of us here today will all have our very fond memories of a true gentleman. I certainly do.”
Anne Brown said: “It’s a very proud moment today for myself and my family. Wilf was so special to us. I just wanted to say he would be so pleased at all this and to thank everybody involved in making it a memorable occasion.”
Picture: Cllr Richard Dodd and Anne Brown. Picture: West Midlands Ambulance Service
Pictured left-to-right: Anthony Riley, Director of Development and Operations Waterloo Housing Group, Cllr Richard Dodd, Anne Brown, Mark Pawsey MP. Picture: West Midlands Ambulance Service
Note to Editors: Rugby Ambulance Station was sold as part of West Midlands Ambulance Service’s “Make Ready” plans to introduce ambulance preparation and maintenance hubs and an increased number of smaller Community Ambulance Stations, two of which are now based at other locations in Rugby.