COLLEAGUES bade farewell to a popular paramedic who has retired after 39 years.
Ben Ayling, 63, from Donnington, has been based at the Chichester ambulance station in Terminus Road all this time.
On Tuesday afternoon (February 24), his friends and colleagues threw a surprise party to mark the end of his final shift.
“I’ve enjoyed my whole time in the ambulance service,” said Ben, who described all his fellow paramedics as ‘fantastic’.
“It’s brilliant. I will be sorry to leave. I’ve worked with a brilliant set of people,” he said.
He was originally in the Royal Navy and joined the ambulance service in 1975.
A large crowd turned out to say goodbye to Ben.
“It’s very humbling to see this many people,” he said.
During his time with the ambulance service, he has attended hundreds of incidents in Chichester, Bognor Regis and up into Hampshire.