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One of Wales' first paramedics recognised in Queen's honours

Cliff has worked for the NHS for 43 years in different roles Credit: Welsh Ambulance Service

One of the first paramedics to qualify in Wales has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Cliff Powis, 67, from Abertillery was awarded with a British Empire Medal on Friday for his 43 years service with the NHS.

He was part of the first ever paramedic course in Wales in 1983.

Since 1973 Cliff has taken on various roles, ranging from ambulance man to his current role of paramedic.

I feel deeply honoured to have been awarded the British Empire Medal in recognition of my contribution to the Welsh Ambulance Service.

I would like to acknowledge the generosity of the residents of Blaenau Gwent, who through former Mayor Jim Owen donated charitable funds to the Gwent Ambulance Service in 1979.

These funds provided the first ever defibrillators on ambulances in Wales, which ultimately proved to be the precursor for paramedic training in Wales.

I would also like to thank my wife Pam, parents, family friends and colleagues for their constant and unwavering support.

– Cliff Powis, Paramedic

The Chief Executive of the Welsh Ambulance Service Tracy Myhill said she was "delighted" Cliff had been recognised.

Cliff took me on ride-out and was very vocal about life at the Trust giving me his honest and unedited opinion about what was good and not so good.

I will never forget how he welcomed me and helped me understand what our issues were and what needed to be done. I was also touched and grateful for the effort he went to in organising an incredible buffet lunch at station for me, which his lovely wife prepared.

I’m delighted that Cliff has been recognised in this way for his sterling work with the Trust in serving his community.

– Tracy Myhill, Chief Executive, Welsh Ambulance Service