THE devastated colleagues of a “really kind and always caring” paramedic who died in a car crash on New Year’s Day have paid tribute.
Ben Lightburn, 31, died on New Year’s Day on his way to work after an accident on Mossborough Road in Rainford.
He is survived by his wife Gill and their two young children.
After his death, his colleague Marc Dobson of the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) set up a fundraising page to support his grieving family.
This site has raised £30,846 so far.
His NWAS colleagues have now officially paid tribute to Ben and made the following statement to the St Helens Star.
“Following the sudden and tragic loss of one of our paramedics, Ben Lightburn, on January 1st this year, his friends and colleagues at NWAS wish to share their memories of Ben during their time together.
“Ben first joined NWAS as a Paramedic in 2014, later qualifying as a Paramedic in 2021 and working in the Cheshire and Merseyside North sector.
“Ben helped many communities in times of need and showed tremendous care and compassion to all of his patients.
“Ben leaves behind his loving wife and two children who have allowed us to share our tributes. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Ben’s family, friends and work colleagues at this incredibly sad time.”
Senior Paramedics and Technicians at Sefton Group who worked closely with Ben said: “Ben was and will always be an incredibly loved member of our team. He was great with patients and so ridiculously smart.
“He mentored students and supported his colleagues with an admirable passion.
“Ben was a joker, he was cheeky, he laughed with us and at us and was always the heart of our team.
“Ben has dedicated his life to service, from serving in the Royal Navy, of which he has always shared fond memories with us, to joining here at NWAS. He always strived to excel in everything he did, both at work and in his personal life.
“Ben was well respected by his colleagues and adored by patients. His close knit team, NWAS and beyond have lost a truly genuine, kind and ever caring soul.
“There are no words to describe how we feel about losing Ben so tragically and so suddenly.
“We will always honor his memory and our thoughts go out to his beautiful family at this unimaginable time.”
Matt Calderbank, Cheshire and Merseyside North Sector Manager at NWAS, said: “Ben has consistently put others before himself, a dedicated paramedic who will no doubt have transformed the lives of patients and families for the better.
“Ben’s absence has left an irreparable hole in the NWAS team he worked with. In addition to being a paramedic, Ben was a friend and mentor to many of his peers.
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“The sadness felt is shared by many and we send our deepest condolences to Ben’s friends and family who have lost a very special person. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragic loss.”
How to donate
To donate to the fundraising page, go to gofundme.com/f/ben-lightburn
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