The South West man who died from a bee sting — highlighting ambulance shortages in regional areas — has been identified as a father of two daughters and a local cricketing legend. Jake Rudd, 45, died at the weekend after he was stung by a bee in a tragic incident that prompted an anonymous St John WA paramedic to speak out about the lack of ambulance cover in the region. Mr Rudd was stung on Saturday afternoon, with a call placed to triple zero at 1.08pm. The single ambulance assigned to the Australind region was unavailable at the time, forcing St John to instead dispatch two crews from Bunbury, the first of which arrived at the scene 19 minutes later. That was outside St John’s required response time of 15 minutes for priority 1 emergency call-outs. “I can’t escape the knowledge that in mine and many other paramedics’ professional clinical opinion this patient, man, father, husband, son would likely be alive today if our ambulance service appropriately resourced this region,” the paramedic told The West Australian. Mr Rudd’s death has rocked the local cricket competition with players and officials paying tribute. A minute’s silence is planned for his Eaton club’s opening game of the season on Saturday. Eaton Cricket Club officials have said they were unaware of the delays in getting an ambulance to help Mr Rudd but have paid tribute to their teammate. Club president Travis Johnson described Mr Rudd as a “very popular bloke” who was devoted to the club and his family. “A legend of a bloke and was always happy. He loved life and was a very good sportsman to go with it,” he said. “He will be greatly missed everywhere, not just at the cricket club, as he was a very popular bloke.” The delays in getting an ambulance to Mr Rudd have been confirmed by St John but the not-for-profit did not explain why the Australind crew was unavailable. The Eaton club president has been joined by dozens of other players and officials from across the South West cricket community to pay tribute to Mr Rudd. The Leschenault Cricket Club, who will be at their Eaton’s opponents grounds on Saturday, issued a statement to extend “its condolences to the family and members of the Eaton Cricket Club on the untimely passing of #largerthanlife Jake Rudd. “A fierce competitor on the field, Ruddy left the competitiveness on-field.” Marist Cricket Club president Brayden Clarke also expressed condolences to Mr Rudd’s family and the Eaton Cricket Club. “It’s such a shock to lose someone like that. Although I never played with him, speaking to anyone who played with Jake, they’ve said you couldn’t ask for a better fella to have in your team,” he said. “I think all of the support from the association and other clubs probably just goes to show, it doesn’t matter what shirt you wear. Whether it is Marist, Leschenault, Eaton or Colts, we are all still mates — with families, houses and jobs.” Tributes posted to Mr Rudd include from Eaton teammate Clayton Caltsounis: “Until next time, legend”, along with Leschenault player Shehzad Gondal: “RIP Ruddy. You will always be remembered” and Colts club captain Josh Topliss: “Rest in peace legend.” The death of Mr Rudd follows an earlier report of an eight-year-old Eaton boy with suspected spinal injuries who was transported to hospital seated rather than on a stretcher because of a lack of available St John ambulances. St John has not responded to questions about whether the not-for-profit was struggling to meet demand in the South West and what steps had been taken to bolster resources. “St John WA extends its deepest sympathies to the family of the patient at this difficult time,” a spokeswoman said. “All ambulances assigned to the area were fully crewed. The case will be appropriately investigated.” A GoFundMe account has been set up to ease financial stress for Mr Rudd’s wife Natasha and two daughters. Donations can be made here.