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999: Paramedic recognised for more than 37 years' service

Friday 30th July 2021

ONE of the first female paramedics to serve in Kent has been recognised for more than 37 years’ service.

Penny Scrimgeour was given a fitting tribute to mark her retirement earlier this month.

Penny, who was part of the first air ambulance crew to fly out of Rochester in 1989, began her career in April 1984 at Southborough Ambulance Station before other areas across Kent including Coxheath Emergency Operations Centre and Paddock Wood.

KSS Air Ambulance CEO, David Welch said: "I think 37 years’ service and the contribution Penny has made to her patients and community is absolutely phenomenal and she should be really proud of that.”

Penny said: “I’ve been very fortunate in my career and seen and done many things the public would not get an opportunity to do.

“Throughout an ambulance service career, you touch so many lives and don’t really comprehend the impact that has. We may not remember all the patients that we see but they most certainly remember us and that’s just such a great privilege.”