Tributes to paramedic killed in crash
A 29-YEAR-OLD paramedic killed riding his motorbike in a quiet country road "could light up a room", his diabetic father said last night.Lee Foster, of Holly Walk, Witham, died when his Suzuki bike was in collision with a truck near Boreham last Thursday.
A 29-YEAR-OLD paramedic killed riding his motorbike in a quiet country road "could light up a room", his diabetic father said last night.
Lee Foster, of Holly Walk, Witham, died when his Suzuki bike was in collision with a truck near Boreham last Thursday. He leaves an eight-year-old son, Elliott.
Mr Foster lived with his 70-year-old father, John, who last night called him a "lovable rogue".
He said: "He was a rascal as a little one, but nobody had a bad word to say about him – he could light up a room. If you came into a room crying, you'd leave laughing if he was there.
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"I really relied on him – probably a bit too much. Every night, he would make a point of ringing me and say 'how you doing, pops?' He kept me going.
"I used to sing nursery rhymes to him when he was little – he was mine, a real daddy's boy."
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The former Rickstones School pupil had just found his niche in life helping to save other people's lives as a paramedic with the London Ambulance Service.
A fitness fanatic who had run the London Marathon two years ago, he also used to work as an instructor at a gym in Rivenhall before deciding to devote his life as a carer.
Last year, he passed his paramedic's training course – his proudest moment – with fellow students unanimously voting him Student of the Class.
Julia Smith, his partner and mother of their son, said he "was a legend in all our lives".
She said: "He had an affect on everyone – you'd see him and he'd make you feel happy. He worried more about other people than he did himself.
"He adored Elliott – he was everything to him. They're like two peas in a pod in every way – looks and what they do.
"Elliott's becoming a fitness fanatic like his dad as well. He's always doing press-ups and running up to you showing off his six-pack.
"I've got so many fantastic memories of him."
nA 57-year-old Chelmsford man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following the accident. He was released on police bail until October 7.
Anybody who may have seen last Thursday's incident, which happened around 12.30pm is asked to call Chelmsford road policing unit on 01245 452918.