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Prince William tells of things that cannot be unseen ahead of final

first_imgHe said: “As part of the team, I have been invited into people’s homes to share moments of extreme emotion, from relief that we have given someone a fighting chance, to profound grief.”I have watched as incredibly skilled doctors and paramedics have saved people’s lives. These experiences have instilled in me a profound respect for the men and women who serve in our emergency services…” The Duke of Cambridge has described how “there are things that cannot be unseen” as he carries out his final shift as an air ambulance pilot.Paying a personal tribute to the nation’s emergency services, Prince William spoke of his “profound respect” for its men and women who deal with experiences “on a daily basis that they will carry with them for life”.The Duke joined the East Anglian Air Ambulance service in March 2015, after serving for nearly five years as a helicopter pilot with the RAF’s Search and Rescue Force, and began piloting his first operational missions in July that year.  He also mentioned another young man involved in a road traffic accident: “His uncle in the car with him sadly didn’t survive, and I was sure that from what we were faced with he wouldn’t either – but thanks to the skills of our medical team he is alive today.”We were first on scene and in such circumstances we all had to pitch in to fight to save the young man’s life. It is days like this, when you know you have made a difference, that give you the determination to keep going.”The Duke announced in January he would be leaving the EAAA and has clocked up more than two years flying medical crews to emergencies from a base at Cambridge Airport. Pilot William Wales and paramedic, Jemma Varela at the morning briefing. The Duke of Cambridge has appeared in an online BBC documentary posted today chronicling his work as a pilot  The Duke added: “From the moment I joined, when that phone rang at the base for the first time, it was clear that I was a fellow professional, a pilot with a job to do – in such a team there can be no other option, but still I am grateful to my colleagues for accepting me so readily.”Speaking about the difficulty of dealing with harrowing experiences, the Duke wrote: “You need to be physically and mentally fit to do this job properly and so we are encouraged to talk through the things we have seen, to share the trauma within the team.”I now know though that there are things that cannot be unseen and experiences that our first responders deal with on a daily basis that they will carry with them for life.” Prince WIlliam and paramedic Jemma Varela during a morning briefing at the air ambulance headquartersCredit:Olivia Howitt/BBC/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Duke of Cambridge as he begins his new job with the East Anglian Air Ambulance Writing in the East Anglian Daily Times, the Duke said he had “been so proud to serve” with his crew mates and was “grateful to my colleagues for accepting me so readily”.center_img Since then he has responded to dozens of call-outs alongside his colleagues, attending road accidents, rescues and suicide attempts and landing his helicopter in residential gardens, car parks, beaches and roadsides across the region.His life as a full-time working royal will begin after his final shift ends at about midnight, with the expectation the future king will carry out more royal duties in support of the Queen and his own charity work and causes. Out of the many emergencies he has attended, he highlighted two: “One of the first call-outs I made was to a young man who had committed suicide; it was an incredibly tough day and had a profound effect on all of us, not least in my determination now to draw attention to this issue.” He joined the organisation as a pilot in March 2015 and, after completing an initial period of job specific training involving simulator, aircraft and in-flight skills training, he began piloting his first operational missions in July that year.He has flown as part of a team including specialist doctors, critical care paramedics and pilots providing emergency medical services across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.Patrick Peal, EAAA’s chief executive, said about the Duke: “To us, he has simply been another hard-working member of the team; one of eleven highly respected pilots who help us to save hundreds of lives each year.” On his final day at work, the Duke will arrive for a night shift and attend the handover briefings from the day team as usual. He will then join his team-mates at the helicopter he has flown for the past two years for a group photograph. Show more The Duke joined the East Anglian Air Ambulance service in March 2015Credit:Stefan Rousseau/PAlast_img read more

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