Starting his career as an ambulanceman for Lancashire Ambulance Service back in 1978 at the age of 21, Michael gained an interest in first aid from being a marine cadet. After training to become a printer by trade he decided to change career and join the ambulance service, going on to become the first ambulanceman from Preston to qualify as a paramedic.
Staying within Lancashire throughout his career, Michael moved into managerial positions and managed the Lancaster, Morecambe and Fylde areas before coming back to be operations manager for Preston in around 2008.
Highlights in his career include fundraising back in 1988 for defibrillators to be used on ambulances and voluntarily undertaking an additional training course to become one of the first groups of ambulance staff in Lancashire to routinely carry a defibrillator.
Michael also volunteered to work as part of the Queen’s Jubilee, Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 where he undertook commander roles. A loyal Preston North End fan, Michael has been the pitch side paramedic for the club since 2011 and later went on to become match commander.
Michael says: “40 years seems like 20 minutes! I’ve always enjoyed my job and feel proud of what I’ve achieved over the years. It’s lovely to always be welcomed with an open door and knowing that you’re there to help.”
Taking some time to himself, Michael will enjoy trips riding his motorcycle during his retirement as well as walking his rescue dog.
Deputy Director of Operations, Steve Hynes, said: “Mick is a true gentleman, respected by his colleagues. Thank you for your service Mick.”
Sector Manager, Dave Rigby, added: “It’s been a true honour working alongside Mick and for the last two years as his line manager. Mick always puts patients and staff first and epitomises what we would all want from our manager. A truly nice man.”