Respected paramedic, Allan Paolini, passes away
Tributes have poured in for respected medic, Allan Paolini, who passed away suddenly on Wednesday, 26 December 2018. Paolini was an extremely experienced and well respected advanced life support paramedic and educator. A wake was held for him in Honeydew on Friday, 28 December 2018, so that his colleagues and friends could remember his life. People were encouraged to bring their stories, photos and your memories of Allan, even the music that they shared with him. His family held a private funeral.
Several of Paolini’s friends and colleagues, as well as his wife and his brother, spoke tributes to him at the wake. A group of medics from various services performed an African song and danced for him as well. The wake was attended by many people that had been touched by Allan, including medics from various services, members of the police, nurses, and helicopter ambulance staff. Many were his former students.
After the speeches, a toast was made to him and all the guests stood up in respect. At exactly 13h00, the Netcare 911 helicopter performed some aero acrobatic manoeuvres, including a static hover. The chopper performed for around four minutes, ending with a dip of its nose in tribute to Paolini.
Anyone who knew Allan would know that a minute of silence would not be a suitable send off, so this tradition was replaced with two minute of sirens inj the car park. Paolini always wanted to be known as a fire fighter, so, in his honour, his good friend Tom Watson rang the traditional bell in a fitting tribute.
A social session followed, where all in attendance shared memories of Allan and caught up with old friends over drinks.
Paolini will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by all who knew him.
Rest in peace Sir, thank you for your service!
Some of the tributes from those who were close to him:
South African Private Ambulance & Emergency Services Association – SAPAESA
Today we extend our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr Allan Paolini.
Mr Paolini was an extremely experienced and well respected Advanced Life Support Paramedic and educator.
Mr Paolini will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by all who knew him.
Rest in peace Sir - thank you for your service!
Sir, Thank you for the foundation, guidance and discipline you gave so many of us! Our success and careers have all been the result of your continuous devotion and commitment to the Emergency services and your excellence through training.
You prepared us well for any circumstance or critical situation and you gave us the confidence to believe in ourselves and the ability to think on our feet when we needed it most!
The memories, the adventures, the laughs and the tears of happiness from the shittiest of jokes (Whale joke) will live on forever but most importantly is the impact you had on so many lives and the friendship you have had with so many of us!
You will be sorely missed, rest easy and thank you again for everything Sir- I am a Proud ‘POP’ Product of Paolini. RIP Allan
South African EMS has lost a legend. Thank you Allan for all you taught me! It was an honour and privilege to know you! Rest In Peace!
While on holiday in the US I was deeply saddened and shocked this morning when I heard of the passing of a great friend and colleague Allan Paolini. Allan was my instructor when I did my first vehicle rescue course in 1988. We were together during the first South African USAR response to the Turkey earthquake in 1999. He was part of our USAR team on a further 3 major earthquake responses. I always used to say he was the team leader’s official medic and he took great pride in that. Not always the easiest person to manage. I once told him that he was the most difficult, obnoxious character I knew but if I lay bleeding and dying it would be his face I would want to see. Farewell brother. We never did get to hear the end of the Whaley story (maybe one day you can tell it to me) and our airplanes never crashed as a result of your G-jokes. I pray that you have now found peace. I will never forget you.
Source: Glen Wilken