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Taverham RAC patrolman in for award

PUBLISHED: 08:00 21 March 2010 | UPDATED: 09:00 02 July 2010

Matthew Sparkes

Three local men have been nominated for a national award for going above and beyond their duty as RAC patrolmen.

Three local men have been nominated for a national award for going above and beyond their duty as RAC patrolmen.

Steve Neil, 50, from Taverham, Trevor Spong, 40, from Carlton Colville and Richard Jermy, 39, from Freethorpe have all been shortlisted for the RAC's Patrol Ambassador of the Year Award.

The company, which is owned by Norwich-based insurance firm Aviva, has around 2,000 patrol staff across the whole country but only around 45 are nominated each year.

The award is given to nominees who have gone the extra mile to help customers throughout the year, despite working in dangerous conditions on the side of the road in all weathers.

Mr Spong, lead patrol for Norwich, said: “We've just got a good standard amongst us. We've won team of the year twice before.”

“I think the guys always try to deliver the best thing for the customers.”

Mr Jermy, said that he enjoyed the job and that it was a completely different way of working to being in a garage.

“We do the emergency stuff, getting people on the road,” he said.

“We're like the paramedics, where garages are like the doctors.”

The three men and their partners will be treated to a weekend break with a black tie ball at Gaydon Park in the West Midlands.

RAC will announce the winner of the award on March 27.

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