Saturday 11th June 2016 – 7am – Jamie Arrowsmith.
“I’m very humbled, but I’m only doing the same job as all of the other paramedics who turn up for work every day.”
Those are the words of West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Motorcycle Paramedic Steve Harris who has been made an MBE in the Queen’s Official Birthday Honour’s List.
Affectionately known as Forrest by colleagues and fans of Channel 5’s Emergency Bikers, Steve joined the service in 1978 and has worked as a biker paramedic for 20 years. During that time, Steve has provided patient care to thousands of people in Birmingham City Centre and beyond.
The award of the MBE comes just a year after Steve, from Smethwick, received a President’s Commendation at the Ambulance Service Institute Awards at the House of Lords.
Speaking about being made an MBE, Steve said: “I am a mixture of totally thrilled and gobsmacked.
“I don’t understand why I am being singled out for this award, it feels like I am being recognised for turning up to work, but I am incredibly grateful.
“It is very humbling that someone thinks I am worthy of being nominated and even more so that it has been accepted.
“I thoroughly enjoy my job and being able to provide care to patients in their hour of need, just as I know all of my colleagues at West Midlands Ambulance Service do too.”
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