Pete Sadler, a Specialist Paramedic in Critical Care for the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, has retired after 10 years with the life-saving service.
Paramedic Pete was a huge asset to Bath’s local air ambulance, with hundreds of comments of appreciation and gratitude for his service being posted on the charity’s Facebook page.
GWAAC posted on their online page, saying: “Today one of our longest standing members of the team ‘Paramedic Pete’ is retiring. Pete has been with us since the very beginning and has been an asset to the charity.
“Not only has he been a fantastic paramedic, over the years he has been involved in many different teams that care for our community. From saving lives to supporting his former patients in running events, he always goes above and beyond.
“Thank you from us all here at GWAAC, you will be missed by us all.”
The status received a flood of comments from those who have worked alongside Pete, been saved by him, or had him attend to a loved one.
In 2018, Pete ran the Bristol 10K with one of his former patients, Ali Layard.
Pete and the GWAAC Critical Care Team attended to Ali in 2012, when at nine-years-old he was knocked off a narrow boat and dragged into the propellers, sustaining severe injuries to both of his legs.
Ali not only lost his kneecap, but also lost all of his left knee bending mechanism and 60% of his lower right leg and had to undergo multiple reconstruction operations.
After the accident, Ali was told he would never walk unaided again, yet through sheer grit and determination, he defied all odds and completed the Bristol 10K last year, with Paramedic Pete and his father, Andrew, alongside.
As well as working for GWAAC over the last decade, Pete has devoted his life to helping the community, working for the Ambulance Service, training and mentoring Avon and Somerset Police Medics, and mentoring and teaching paramedics of the future.
Pete was also a member of the RNLI crew in Weston-Super-Mare, Search and Rescue for Avon and Somerset and the Wessex 4×4 Response Association.
Pete also volunteers for GWAAC’s Great Western Heart Starters programme, teaching school children across the region how to administer CPR and always goes above and beyond for his former patients.
GWAAC said: “Pete has been a pillar in the community for many years and we are proud to have had him in our team.”