London Fire Brigade

Firefighter back in saddle after horror crash to raise money for air ambulance

08 August 2017

West Norwood firefighter Paul Brown, who was critically injured cycling to work 10 years ago, was back in the saddle when he completed the Ride London 100-mile challenge to raise money for London Air Ambulance.
Paul, who was on his way to a night shift, suffered serious injuries to his face, jaw, elbow and vertebrae when he was hit by a truck just 500 yards away from the fire station. He was treated at the roadside by the London Air Ambulance before being taken to the Royal London Hospital where he remained in intensive care for eight days.
Determined to get back to work as an operational firefighter, Paul undertook months of rehabilitation work and finally one year and seven months later he was back riding the fire engine with his red watch colleagues.
On undertaking the Ride London event as a way of saying thank you to the Air Ambulance crews who saved him and to celebrate still being able to cycle Paul said: “The air ambulance crew were phenomenal. Absolutely fantastic. I’m still in touch with the doctor who dealt with me and this year I saw the paramedic who worked on me for the first time since the accident. It was really nice to see him and to be able to finally shake him by the hand and say thank you.”
After completing the ride, which began at the Olympic Stadium and ended on The Mall, in a respectable five hours 34 minutes  Paul said:  “It was a fantastic atmosphere, and great to be able to ride through London on closed roads with no traffic. What was even better was the fact that it didn’t rain and that I didn’t get a puncture as I’ve got a reputation on the watch for always getting punctures!”
So far Paul has raised just over £700 but there is still time to sponsor him here and donate to London Air Ambulance