Guard of honour as much loved paramedic retires

A LONG-SERVING ambulance paramedic has retired after 24 years with the service, and 40 years total as a HSE employee based in Dundalk.

Originally from Corduff, Co Monaghan, Pat Sheridan lives in Mary Street North with his wife, Geraldine. They have been married for 41 years.

The couple have three children, Orla who is currently a trainee nurse; Niamh who is an advanced paramedic; Ciarán is a chef in the Irish Defence Forces.
They also have four grandchildren. Pat finished his long career based at Louth County Hospital on Friday last and had a guard of honour.

Two weeks prior to his finish date, Pat was invited to a celebratory meal with 25 of his female colleagues in Dunleer.
“We went to The Valley Inn. There were around 25 of us and there was a wee presentation. We had a lovely meal,” said Pat.

“I teach a lot in Monaghan too so we had a get together in Monaghan after the last time teaching in Monaghan.

“When I first moved to Dundalk, I trained as a barman and worked in The Wee House with Seán and Anita Kelly.”

Pat added: “After sometime I moved to Irish Life where I worked with my brother, Hugh. I later got a job as a care assistant helping the elderly in St Oliver’s. It was busy, physical work but I enjoyed taking care of people.

“After a number of years, I felt ready for a change and a new challenge. I am a volunteer with the Red Cross here locally; I’ve been with the RedCross for 25 years.
“I also knew a number of people through my work who were ambulance paramedics so I decided to start my training for the ambulance service in 2000 in the Phoenix Park.”

He continued: “I trained in the National Ambulance Service College for six months and qualified as an Emergency Medical Technician initially.

“I went on to do more exams and later qualified as a paramedic. Now, it takes three years to qualify.

“My intention is to keep volunteering for the Red Cross in retirement. I will help to take people to hospital for appointments and procedures.”
Pat concluded: “The Red Cross works with ALONE. I’d like to continue to serve the community.

“I also play the drums in the ambulance service pipe band and I’m planning to do a few holidays with my wife.”

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