A PARAMEDIC left with severe injuries following a serious crash while on duty is to become a trustee of the charity which helped him after his accident.
John Eames was badly injured in a smash in February 2011, when a lorry crashed into the ambulance he was travelling in on the A513 at Alrewas.
After 22 weeks in hospital, the 41-year-old was finally able to go home thanks to a grant from the Blue Lamp Foundation – set up to help injured emergency services personnel.
Now, Mr Eames is becoming a trustee to help others who might find themselves in a situation like he found himself in three-and-a-half years ago.
PC David Rathband's Blue Lamp Foundation was set up after the policeman was shot while on duty in Northumberland in July 2010.
Mr Eames was the recipient of the first ever grant from the charity after it was launched in October 2010.
He said: "I was both surprised and delighted to be invited to become a trustee – it was a great privilege for the grant to be presented by David.
"It is so pleasing to be able to help spread the word about the Blue Lamp Foundation in memory of David."
The grant that Mr Eames received allowed vital improvements to be made to his home, which meant he could continue his recovery in the comfort of his own surroundings.