Fitting farewell for Brighton paramedic Douglas Brown

The Argus: Fitting farewell for Brighton paramedic Douglas Brown Fitting farewell for Brighton paramedic Douglas Brown

An ambulance Land Rover headed the funeral cortege of one of Europe’s first paramedics.

Douglas Brown was among the first six ambulance workers to be specially trained in life-saving resuscitation skills by pioneering consultant cardiologist Douglas Chamberlain in 1970.

Former colleagues joined friends and family for his funeral at Downs Crematorium in Brighton yesterday.

His coffin was draped in ambulance colours and his cap placed on top.


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Mr Brown, 83, who lived in Higher Bevendean, Brighton, died on January 10 after a short illness. He spent all his ambulance career in Brighton up until his retirement in 1990, and was the station officer in charge on the night of The Grand hotel bombing in 1984.

His daughter, Pat Welfare, said: “Everyone has said how much of a nice person he was and he was always full of jokes. He was always able to make you smile.”

The family have asked for donations to be sent to the Brighton-based Sussex Heart Charity, which raises money for equipment, education, rehabilitation and resuscitation training.

Mr Brown leaves a wife, Pearl, three children and six grandchildren.

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3:07pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

My late Step-mother was one of those inside the Grand Hotel that fateful night. She escaped injury, though some friends of hers did not. She was full of praise for all the rescuers who were there that night. It is nice to see that he was properly remembered by his former colleagues. His family should feel proud of him & what he did for others. RIP.
My late Step-mother was one of those inside the Grand Hotel that fateful night. She escaped injury, though some friends of hers did not. She was full of praise for all the rescuers who were there that night. It is nice to see that he was properly remembered by his former colleagues. His family should feel proud of him & what he did for others. RIP. Hove Ex-Pat

6:27pm Fri 24 Jan 14

John Steed says...

some people stand head and shoulders above others, he was one such person
some people stand head and shoulders above others, he was one such person John Steed

10:03am Sat 25 Jan 14

ivor b. gunn says...

Rest in peace
from a former Two Shires Ambulance worker.
Little acorns have niw grown. You are a true pioneer.
R.I.P your legasy will live on.
Rest in peace from a former Two Shires Ambulance worker. Little acorns have niw grown. You are a true pioneer. R.I.P your legasy will live on. ivor b. gunn

10:12am Sun 26 Jan 14

Ambo Guy says...

He must have seen a lot and saved a lot of lives in his career.

RIP.
He must have seen a lot and saved a lot of lives in his career. RIP. Ambo Guy

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