A TRAINEE paramedic who has died suddenly at the age of just 24 was remembered as a "special angel" by devastated friends and family today.
Georgia Barron, of Wallsend in North Tyneside, worked for the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) for two years and had recently finished her first year of study in paramedic science.
Tragically, her bosses announced today Georgia died suddenly on Saturday.
The cause of her death has not been released.
In a statement, health chiefs said Georgia, an ambulance care assistant, will be "greatly missed".
"Just recently she successfully passed all of her first-year exams and began her placements with emergency care teams," they said.
"Her family tell us how excited she was to begin her career as a paramedic and how she loved every day at NEAS, seeing everyone and working alongside her colleagues.
"Georgia had worked for the Trust for two years and had built a network of friendships across our service, as well as with her fellow students.
"Georgia will be greatly missed and on behalf of everyone here at NEAS, including our patients and the communities we serve, we offer our sincere condolences to the family.
"This will deeply affect many people within our service and we are supporting our staff and students during this very sad time."
Dozens have already paid tribute in the hours since her death was announced.
One pal said she "can't believe this has happened".
"Growing up you were always more than a best friend to me. Even though you were younger, you always felt more like an older sister," she said.
"I will miss you more than you will ever know.
"You are one special angel."
Another said: "The world is such a horrible place sometimes.
"Another beautiful soul taken far too soon."
A third called Georgia a "genuine, lovely girl".
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