The Man, The Biff, The Leg End.

  Everest Base Camp, Christmas Eve, 2009

Everest Base Camp, Christmas Eve, 2009

Dave Mills...

Born in 1970, I became the adopted son of Jean & Geoff Mills, who I can say with all honesty, were and still are the greatest parents anybody could ever wish for. I had a happy and ‘normal’ childhood for those times, during which I 'played out' with mates of an evening and weekends; whilst out we climbed trees, played in parks, on train lines, slag heaps, building sites and generally everywhere you shouldn’t be.! These fun times meant that, on occasion, I knocked myself out, broke bones, won & lost fights but generally just had a great time, all within the innocent arena that was middle England in the 70s & 80s.

 

  With Andrea on our Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support course (PHTLS) 2010.

With Andrea on our Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support course (PHTLS) 2010.

I attended Nicholas Chamberlain Comprehensive School in Bedworth, where I learned the arts of smoking, how to bunk off school whilst not getting caught and how to play rugby. From an early age I wanted a career in the military and had my join up date confirmed about ten months before my school life ended….this fact did nothing to improve my lack of effort in the academic side of life.

For the next 14 years, I served in an Infantry Battalion in the British Army and for the most part I enjoyed the experience. I had an unspectacular career as far as pushing up through the ranks is concerned, which I can assure you is only due to events conspiring against me (anyone I know from the military would back me up on this...honest!)

Some of the highlights from my time in the military were; training in arctic warfare, playing Rugby for the Army under 21s, qualifying as a sniper, playing  'fireman Sam' during Fire Service strikes in Liverpool and developing an uncanny ability to be any other place, rather than where the work was happening.The thing I am most proud of though, is going through my entire career without actually killing another human being.

  Alisha...she soo loves this pic!

Alisha...she soo loves this pic!

A couple of unsuccessful marriages have wedged themselves into my life, with the common link between the failure of both being me. However, from these there are some fond memories and also the thing I class as my greatest achievement in this life which is my daughter Alisha; she is the stereotypical chip off the old block!

I had numerous jobs after leaving the military but eventually trained as a Paramedic and worked for the NHS Ambulance Service; this eventually lead to me working in the film and events industry and eventually deploying as a remote medic in  Africa, the Middle East and on maritime projects.

  Graduation for my first degree in 'Paramedic Science'.

Graduation for my first degree in 'Paramedic Science'.

I seemed to find an interest in academia that was never around as a young man and have since completed a degree in Paramedic Science and a Master’s degree in Critical Care. I have also perfected my ability to avoid work as if it were the black death. I now live with Andrea who is a like-minded soul and who isn’t afraid of hard work…which I’m sure is a prerequisite for having a relationship with me.