London paramedic awarded medal during queen's Platinum Jubilee
Richard Webb-Stevens responded to the 2017 Westminster attack and has led improvements for people with hearing impairments working in EMS
By Leila Merrill
LONDON — A London Ambulance Service paramedic was awarded the Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal for Distinguished Service during Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebration.
Richard Webb-Stevens has worked for the service for 23 years and serves in the motorcycle response unit, according to the National Health Service.
He was the first deaf paramedic to work for London’s Air Ambulance as a member of the helicopter emergency medical service.
Richard Webb-Stevens has been awarded a prestigious Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal for Distinguished Service.— London Ambulance Service 💙 (@Ldn_Ambulance) June 1, 2022
Richard was born with profound hearing loss and became the first deaf paramedic to work for London’s Air Ambulance and has now worked for the Service for 23 years.
Webb-Stevens was first to arrive at the Westminster terrorist attack in 2017. He also has spearheaded changes for people with hearing impairments working in emergency services.
“I am absolutely humbled to have received this award, especially as HM The Queen marks her Platinum Jubilee year,” Webb-Stevens said. “I am extremely proud to be a paramedic at the London Ambulance Service, and it’s a privilege to serve the people of London.”