Dunbar lifeboat medic notches up 25 years

DUNBAR GP Tom Badger was presented with an inscribed vellum to mark 25 years of work with the Dunbar RNLI crew.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 17th February 2010, 10:27 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th February 2010, 10:27 am

Dr Badger has only been to sea on a medical emergency once in his quarter century of service as honorary medical adviser but all the crew members over those years have been "through his hands" during their regular medical check ups.

Dr Badger received the vellum at a gathering of crew and helpers at the Rocks Hotel in the town last Wednesday night.

He told the audience he had greatly enjoyed his work with the RNLI except on the sad occasions when he had had to tell crew members they were no longer fit to go to sea.

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RNLI Dunbar chairman David Johnston paid tribute to the hardworking doctor saying the station was very pleased that he was planning to stay on as HMA for a number of years yet.

Mr Johnston said: "Tom has been a great friend to this station and the many crew members who have volunteered here over the last 25 years."

Dr Badger's practice partner Dr Neil Black has joined the station team as deputy HMA and is currently taking part in regular exercises with the town's two lifeboats.

Last year at the RNLI's AGM Dr Black was presented with the institution's gold medal for his work.