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Jeffrey "Jeff" Collier (October/November 1971 - 4 October 2014) was a paramedic for the Holby Ambulance Service. He joined the service in 2007 and died whilst on-duty in 2014 when a vehicle he was in exploded.

Biography

Early life

Jeff lived in London during the 1980s and was a member of a local gang. In 1987, Jeff participated in a riot, but he was never caught by police on account of his speed which earned him the nickname "Billy Whizz". (CAS: "Farmead Menace - Part Two") In 1998, Jeff qualified as a paramedic. (CAS: "Intervention")

First shifts with the Holby Ambulance Service

On 17 February 2007, Jeff arrived outside the ambulance station late in the back of a van, blocking the entrance and leaving operational duty manager Kathleen "Dixie" Dixon unimpressed. Despite objecting to his laissez-faire attitude towards estate affairs and him calling female members of staff "princess", Dixie decided to keep him on the team, feeling that it would have reflected poorly on her if she could not handle "one awkward man". (CAS: "The Miracle on Harry's Last Shift")

In May, it was announced that one paramedic was required to transfer to Gloucester. (CAS: "A Long Way From Home") To prevent Dixie from ruining her friendship with her colleague Cynthia "Cyd" Pyke, Jeff forced her to volunteer him for the transfer. (CAS: "The Apostate")

Reinstatement

On 15 September , Jeff visited Dixie on the wards after her asthma was exacerbated during the Hesketh Road bombing a week prior and announced that he had agreed to return to the service. (CAS: "Meltdown")

Accusation of racism

In March 2008, when Jeff treated a woman named Petra, she took offence at Jeff's candour and decided to file a formal complaint. Dixie told Jeff to apologise to Petra, but Jeff only worsened the situation when Petra accused him of racism when he innocently called her "Treacle". As a result of Petra's complaint, Jeff was forced to attend an equal opportunities course. (CAS: "Silent All These Years")

Supply theft

In June, Dixie alerted Jeff to a stash of rehydration salts that had gone missing from the emergency department in Snezana Lalovic's locker. Jeff was inclined to believe Snezana when she claimed to be collecting supplies to restock the ambulances, but he later found ampoules containing naloxone in her bag. (CAS: "Is She Really Going Out With Him?") Suspecting that Snezana was a heroin user, Jeff took Curtis Cooper's suggestion and convinced her to undergo a drug test, but the test came back negative. (CAS: "They May Not Mean To but They Do")

Later that month, Jeff found a Holby City Hospital-branded inhaler in the pocket of a Serbian girl named Natasa. When Jeff confronted Snezana and threatened to report her, she claimed to be helping Natasa and others like her and promised not to steal equipment again. (CAS: "Paradise Lost") However, after Jeff spotted Snezana leaving the ED with a suspicious bag, Jeff followed her in his car and discovered that she had been delivering medical aid to a community of illegal Serbian immigrants. Outraged, Jeff decided to report her, but Snezana criticised his "black and white" world view and asserted that he knew nothing of the community's struggles. After a woman was admitted whose epistaxis was exacerbated by an incorrect warfarin dose that Snezana had given her, Jeff offered to keep Snezana's actions a secret as long as she destroyed all of the stolen drugs and equipment; she reluctantly agreed. (CAS: "The Things We Do For...")

Apartment block fire and Farmead riot

On 13 September, Jeff, Dixie, Adam Trueman and two documentary makers visited the flat of an old woman who had fallen after a firework was set off in the block, and were trapped when gas canisters in the flat below ignited and exploded. The party attempted to escape the fire by moving further up the building, but they were forced back into the flat by another explosion. There, Jeff and Adam carefully negotiated the fiery hole in the floor while carrying the elderly woman on a stretcher; they managed to make it over to the window and were subsequently rescued by the fire service.

While transporting the eldery woman through the Farmead housing estate, the ambulance Dixie was driving collided with a teenaged girl named Sammy Malone, (CAS: "Farmead Menace - Part One") and Jeff and Dixie were frantically ushered into a police car when angry residents began throwing bricks at them. The violence quickly escalated to a full-blown riot. At the ED, Jeff agreed to accompany Charlie Fairhead and a group of medics to the estate to find Tess Bateman who had been left for dead there after being impaled. When the group was confronted by Callum Malone and his gang, Jeff baited them into chasing him so the others could continue searching for Tess. Jeff managed to outrun them and rejoined the group who had just found Tess. (CAS: "Farmead Menace - Part Two")

Farmead incident aftermath

Following the incident, Jeff and Dixie were forced to attend counselling sessions with psychologist Ben Harding before they were allowed to return to work. Jeff was unwilling to talk and accused Ben to trying to "spook" Dixie into believing that she had a problem. (CAS: "Interventions") Both Jeff and Dixie were signed back on the following week, (CAS: "Guilt Complex") but Dixie continued to battle with her guilt. (CAS: "Face Up") She believed that her and Jeff's high-five caused the accident and suggested that Jeff was in denial, but Jeff staunchly believed otherwise and asserted that he would not allow Dixie to shoulder all of the blame. (CAS: "Hurt")

In October, Jeff adopted a Labrador puppy, who he named Little Abs, to keep Dixie company and improve her "home security". Dixie was initially annoyed with Jeff for saddling her with an unwanted dog, but she gradually grew more affectionate towards him and was distraught when she thought Little Abs had been killed after a Molotov cocktail was thrown through her kitchen window. (CAS: "The Evil That Men Do") Fortunately, Little Abs had escaped and was found the next day scavenging in a neighbour's bin. (CAS: "The Line of Fire")

Divorce

In October, Jeff split up with his wife Lucy. (CAS: "Hurt")

Personality

When Jeff joined the Holby Ambulance Service, he provoked the ire of his superior Kathleen "Dixie" Dixon when she caught him offering a patient's neighbour a business card and displaying a laissez-faire attitude towards estate affairs and crime, and she objected to him referring to the female members of staff by names like "princess" and "doll". (CAS: "The Miracle on Harry's Last Shift"; "Combat Indicators - Part One") However, despite his awkward demeanour, he cared about the plights of his patients. Although he told Dixie that he was offering the patient's neighbour a business card for their guttering, Jeff actually provided them with the phone number of a group of vigilante "crimestoppers". (CAS: "The Miracle on Harry's Last Shift") On another occasion, although he and Dixie had betted on the outcome of their marital struggles, Jeff sympathised with a woman named Lisa whose husband Mickey had an affair and accurately summarised how she was feeling. (CAS: "Combat Indicators - Part One")

Although usually very nonchalant, Jeff also knew when a more serious tone was required. When an unexploded World War II bomb detonated in March 2007 and killed a young boy, Jeff took his death hard and wept. (CAS: "Combat Indicators - Part Two") In May, when a paramedic was required to be relocated to Gloucester, wanting to help Dixie preserve her friendship with Cyd, Jeff smashed an ambulance window and ordered Dixie to volunteer him for the redeployment. (CAS: "The Apostate")

Relationships

Romantic

Lucy Collier

At some point, Lucy began having an affair with Jeff's best friend Lee which in turn led to him sleeping with other women to cope. (CAS: "Lush")

Friendships

Kathleen "Dixie" Dixon

Upon Jeff's arrival in February 2007, Dixie was not impressed when he tried to offer a patient's neighbour a business card, repeatedly called her "princess" and suggested that they should not get involved in the affairs on a housing estate that was rife with crime. When Dixie revealed that she was a lesbian, and Jeff jokingly asked for "photographic evidence", she felt she would not be able to work with him. Jeff tried to apologise to her, but she laughed in disbelief when he claimed that he had no problem with who she "did". Regardless, Dixie decided to keep him on the team, feeling that it would have reflected poorly on her if she could not handle "one awkward man". (CAS: "The Miracle on Harry's Last Shift")

Over the following months, Jeff and Dixie started to become friends. (CAS: "Lost in the Rough") In April, Jeff teased Dixie for her jealousy of Cyd and Greg's relationship and suggested that she should be honest about her feelings for her. Dixie branded him as a hypocrite due to him cheating on his wife, but Jeff later confided in her when he showed her that his wife had been having an affair for years. Later that night, Jeff introduced Dixie to a woman named Steph, (CAS: "Lush") but Dixie could not shirk her feelings for Cyd and stopped seeing her. When one member of the ambulance crew was forced to transfer to Gloucester, Jeff forced Dixie to volunteer him to stop her from ruining her friendship with Cyd. Although Dixie was happy with the situation, she was sad to see Jeff leave and hugged him. (CAS: "The Apostate")

Trivia

Behind the scenes

Matt Bardock portrayed Jeff in Casualty from his arrival in 2007 to his final appearance in 2014.

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