Royal recognition for St John Ambulance volunteer

John Freedman, invested as a Serving Brother into the Order of St John
John Freedman, invested as a Serving Brother into the Order of St John
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A St John Ambulance volunteer has received a royal honour in recognition of his selfless work spanning almost 40 years.

John Freedman, 70, of North Street, St Leonards, was invested as a Serving Brother of the Order of St John at a ceremony in London.

People can only become members of the Order of St John if they have shown exceptional service to its key foundations, which include St John Ambulance.

The Order of St John is a Royal Order of Chivalry and each recipient is approved by the Queen, its Sovereign Head.

Mr Freedman has been a volunteer with the first aid charity for the last 37 years.

He is currently an area staff officer for Sussex St John Ambulance and used to lead the charity’s Hastings division, training and supporting its local volunteers.

He was presented with the Order’s insignia by Rodney Green, Prior of the Priory of England and the Islands (part of the Order of St John).

Mr Freedman said: “Being invested into the Order of St John fills me with pride,

“My training as a St John Ambulance volunteer has given me the first aid skills needed to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. I am honoured that I have been recognised in this way.”

John has put his first aid skills into practice in many real life medical emergencies over the years.

On one occasion he was driving to work along London Road in St Leonard’s when he came across an elderly man who had collapsed on the pavement. John gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and CPR before the ambulance arrived.

Sussex St John Ambulance volunteers devote more than 168,000 hours of their free time each year, providing first aid cover at hundreds of public events across the county.

For information on making a donation or becoming a volunteer call 01273 371 500 or visit www.sja.org.uk/sussex.