A huge Yorkshire-wide project to teach vital lifesaving skills to schoolchildren highly impressed the judges in the Emergency Response Worker of the Year category.
This new category, sponsored by Rainbow Windows, was designed to recognise those deserving emergency workers who go above and beyond the call of duty.
The winner was Jason Carlyon, clinical development manager at Yorkshire Ambulance Service based in Scarborough.
He masterminded the Restart A Heart Day project in October, which was expanded from the original plans to cover not only North Yorkshire but also West Yorkshire.
Around 12,000 young people were trained in CPR in a total of 50 schools across the region.
Jason was the driving force behind the event, and the judges said it was obvious he had worked extremely hard to ensure it was such a success.
He said afterwards that he was very pleased to receive the award: “I’m a bit overwhelmed. I’ve got a huge sense of pride but also feel that this should be directed at the whole team.”
Also shortlisted was Colin Jones, a Yorkshire Ambulance Service paramedic based in Leeds, who was nominated for his teaching and work for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.