Wendy Chalk

What can I say about Wendy! We first met in 1996/7 when we became ambulance aid instructors together. I then became the second female HEMS paramedic to her first! It became a standing joke between us that her picture was at Fulham and not mine. Probably one of our funniest times was our week at the Fire Training College in Moreton on the marsh with Dr. Jane Terris. We had a great time and didn’t stop laughing throughout. We became officers together as well in 1999, me a Station Officer and Wendy a Duty Officer, both in the West. Again I was the only female SO and she was the only female DO so although we got on with our male colleagues brilliantly we bonded further during this time. We always got mistaken for each other and this gave Wendy lots of laughs especially when we were at HQ once and someone said to me, ‘I literally just saw you and you didn’t have your hi-vis on then’. 

We had several visits with her and the Professor (as we always called him) and they took us out sailing. This was an obvious joy to her and she loved being the Skippers help. In latter years I loved seeing pictures of their trips, her band and her amazing photography. What a talent!

So shocked that we have lost her so early. She never called me by my name, it was always Pidge. I can’t believe I won’t hear her say it again or hear her belly laughs. Such a loss to all, but in particular, her beloved soulmate Graham and the rest of her family.

You will be so missed but be assured we will all look after Graham.

Thanks for the memories and Rest In Peace friend XX  




Tracy Smith (Pidgeon)

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