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Two St John Ambulance stalwarts honoured for their sterling work

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: January 02, 2014

By Sarah Marshall

  • MBE HONOURS . . . Maureen Upton and Peter Bennion, both recognised for their St John Ambulance work.

  • MBE HONOURS . . . Maureen Upton and Peter Bennion, both recognised for their St John Ambulance work.

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TWO St John Ambulance workers have been recognised for their sterling work for the service.

Maureen Upton, district manager for the West Midlands Region of St John Ambulance, and Peter Bennion have both received the MBE for voluntary service to St John Ambulance.

Mrs Upton, who hails from Meir Heath, was also made county commander for Staffordshire in 2006, where she is based at the Stafford HQ.

She started out as a nursing member in 1968 and was promoted to divisional officer two years later with responsibility of cadet training.

She was promoted to Northern Area Staffordshire Officer (Nursing Cadets) and then appointed deputy county superintendent before rising to county executive officer and commander.

Mr Bennion, from Stafford, has helped thousands of people through his John Ambulance work.

In 2009 he marked his 50th year with St John after getting involved with the service at the age of nine. He formed the Stafford division of St John with fellow members when he was 18 and ran it for 14 years.

Mr Bennion, who has two sons Ian and David, re-trained in 1977 and began a career as a paramedic. After retiring he spent much of his time teaching first aid and looking after transport, driver and equipment training.

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