A hero paramedic who tended to victims of the Manchester Arena bombings has died suddenly – just days after becoming a dad for the first time.
Tragic Liam Waring was at home earlier this month when he suffered what was described as "traumatic cardiac arrest" while on paternity leave.
He had been celebrating the birth of his daughter Bonnie, who arrived into the world on June 21, when he was suddenly became ill.
Colleagues from East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) rushed to his aid but sadly nothing could be done to save him.
His devastated family have now paid tribute to a "gentle giant" who was described as a the "kindest and most generous person" who "always had a smile on his face".
They said: "As a family we are deeply saddened at the tragic loss of Liam, beloved husband, father, son, brother and uncle.
“Liam was the kindest, most generous, and he would like to think, funniest person you could hope to come across.
"His friends often described him as a gentle giant; he cared deeply about those that meant the most to him and loved to make people laugh.
"Liam was very rarely found without a smile on his face, even in the most serious of circumstances.
“Those that knew Liam would know that he was passionate about his role as a paramedic, leaving a role as an aircraft engineer in 2008 to become an Ambulance Care Assistant in pursuit of his dream to work as part of the Air Ambulance crew.
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"Liam qualified as a Paramedic in 2012. Following various roles within EMAS, Liam achieved his goal of working as part of the Air Ambulance team in 2018.
"The smile on his face when he got that role was dazzling.
“Words cannot express the devastation we feel as family right now but we are incredibly proud of the man that Liam became.
"He was and always will be our hero and we will love him unconditionally until the end of time.
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“The whole family would like to extend our thanks to the amazing staff at EMAS and HEMS who attended Liam and fought so hard to save him."
Liam worked for EMAS as a Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) Paramedic having joined the service in 2008 as a care assistant.
He was working a night shift on the evening of the Manchester Arena attack on May 22 2017 and was part of the mutual aid support sent by North West Ambulance Service.
He leaves behind wife Jade, his daughter Bonnie, his siblings Gemma and Leighton, and his parents Ann and Alex.
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