Saturday 22 October 2016

Tributes paid to 'loving' family man killed in two-ambulance collision

Ryan Wilkinson and Kim Pilling

Published 29/04/2016 | 20:10

John Clift, 54, who was killed in a collision involving two ambulances Photo credit: North Wales Police/PA Wire
John Clift, 54, who was killed in a collision involving two ambulances Photo credit: North Wales Police/PA Wire

A man killed in a collision involving two ambulances "devoted his life and career to help others", say his family.

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Ambulance driver John Clift, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on the A499 at Y Ffor, Pwllheli, North Wales.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision of Mr Clift's patient care service vehicle and an urgent care service vehicle shortly before 3pm on Tuesday.

Three people in the other ambulance, including two of Mr Clift's colleagues, were seriously injured and taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor.

In a statement, his family said: "To those who knew John, he was a born and bred Pwllheli lad. He had been a member of the Pwllheli Fire and Rescue Service for 26 years, and a patient care services driver for the NHS, based in Pwllheli, for 12 years, devoting his life and career to help others.

"To his family he was a loving partner to Hilary, stepdad to Matthew and Ceri, adoring taid (grandfather) to Hannah, brother to Pat and David, uncle to Sharon, Tracy, William, Mark, Phillip, Steven and Jamie.

"When not working he liked nothing more than spending time with his family and watching his favourite Manchester City football team on television.

"He was well known and liked by many people in the local area, and he will be greatly missed by everyone."

Other tributes were issued by the Welsh Ambulance Service and the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

Wayne Davies, the Welsh Ambulance Service's locality manager for Anglesey and Gwynedd, added: "John was a reliable and trustworthy individual, who was truly one of the team.

"He will be sadly missed by all of his colleagues in Pwllheli and the wider Welsh Ambulance Service family."

Bleddyn Roberts, a paramedic in Pwllheli and a staff-side representative, said: "John was a well-liked and respected colleague who we'd known for many years before he joined the ambulance service because he was a firefighter in Pwllheli.

"Over the years, John helped hundreds if not thousands of people in his role in the Patient Care Service, and was best known for his dry sense of humour and always being in good spirits.

"His death has hit us really hard, and we all will miss him terribly. Our thoughts and condolences are with John's family at this sad and difficult time."

Simon Smith, chief fire officer, said: "John was a firefighter for 26 years at Pwllheli Fire Station and also worked as a community safety practitioner.

"Today our thoughts are with his family and our colleagues at the Welsh Ambulance NHS Trust following the road traffic collision. As a fire and rescue service dealing with road traffic accidents is always difficult and even more so when a colleague or someone you know is involved."

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