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  1. Tributes paid to 'chirpy' ambulance volunteer

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    An ambulance volunteer who died earlier this month has been described by his family as "incredibly kind, generous and would do anything for anyone".

    Malcolm Kirk, 77, worked as an East Midlands Ambulance Service community first responder (CFR) for 17 years after retiring as a printer at the Newark Advertiser.

    In that time, he responded to medical emergencies in the area and picked up a Heart Hero Award in 2016 for saving a man's life.

    He also raised funds for seven publicly accessible defibrillators across Southwell, including the one that was used on him when he collapsed suddenly on 6 March.

    Malcolm Kirk

    In a statement, his family said: "He was always looking out for ways to better the lives of other people.

    "When Malcolm signed up to become a CFR, I don't think any of us realised the commitment he would give to the role – if he didn’t have something planned then he was always in his uniform and logged on to respond to anyone in need."

    More recently, Malcolm had been supporting the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

    Mario Stankovic, who co-ordinates the Southwell CFR scheme, said Malcolm was "a chirpy chap who always took the time to talk to people and make them smile".