Tony’s long community service earns award

AWARD: Tony Dutton.

AWARD: Tony Dutton.

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A WOMBWELL man’s caring qualities have won him a top award.

Since taking retirement from Midland Mainline Rail Services after 37 years, Tony Dutton has taken up six voluntary positions in the community, before re-training as an emergency first responder. Over six years he has attended over 300 calls.

His service to others was recognised on June 18 when the chief executive of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service presented him with an inscribed trophy.

“I love being a responder, and seeing how crucial it is to get to people quickly when they are ill has made me keen to recruit others”, Tony explained.

“We try to be with patients within three minutes, to make them comfortable and reassure both them and their families.

“I feel it’s all tremendously worthwhile.”

Tony, 73, wears several other hats – including being an area co-ordinator for Neighbourhood Watch, a member of the Custody Visiting Scheme, member of the Yorkshire Christian Camp, president of the Wombwell branch of the Royal British Legion, treasurer of the Friends of Wombwell Cemetery group and a church steward.