Cheers at midnight for retiring colleague


Chris Porsz, a paramedic from Peterborough, has celebrated 33 years working at EEAST and more than 45 years of service in the NHS!

On Chris’ last shift, his colleagues arranged for him to arrive back at the station to a round of applause, with staff coming out at midnight to celebrate his 33 years at EEAST. He was presented with a trust shield as well as gifts from the local team.

Luke Squibb, Head of Operations for Cambridge and Peterborough said, “After serving his community for 33 years, paramedic Chris Porsz, the ‘Paramedic Paparazzo’, finished his final shift with EEAST this week. Over Chris’ time in the NHS, he has helped thousands of patients and supported and developed many of the staff we have working at Peterborough station today. From being one of the first air ambulance paramedics in the country to being the first EEAST paramedic to have an international photography book published, Chris will be greatly missed on station and remembered for his smiling personality and coining the phrase, ‘you couldn’t make it up!’ We wish Chris all the best with his retirement with his family from all his green family.”

Chris is often known as the, ‘Paramedic Paparazzo’ because for many years, Chris has been out and about in the local area taking photographs and he is now onto his sixth published book. The latest book is a celebration of the NHS and includes many photographs captured of ambulance staff, as well as historic photos of the local hospitals.

Chris has kindly given EEAST permission to share some of his photographs below. You can see more of Chris’ work on his website.

A huge thanks to Chris for his service and we wish him the very best in his retirement.

Published 8th December 2020