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Ambulance Officers honoured


Ambulance Appreciation presentation

West Wyalong’s paramedics have been honoured for their life saving dedication to the Bland Shire community.

At a special ceremony conducted at the West Wyalong Ambulance Station, Bland Shire Mayor Neil Pokoney presented local paramedics with a series of signed and framed honour boards containing personalised messages of thanks from members of the community.

Mayor Pokoney said while the paramedics are professionals, it is their extra care, compassion and dedication to the community which inspired people to contribute to the honour boards.

The boards were collated by Council on behalf of the community and include some heartfelt personal messages of thanks and gratitude from users of the service and their families.

Mayor Pokoney said local families with a loved one being transported by ambulance are comforted by the high levels of skill, care and compassion of the local paramedics. He also acknowledged the many personal sacrifices each of the officers go through to care for the Bland Shire community in a challenging environment

“It is greatly appreciated and we are truly fortunate to have such dedicated and compassionate officers living and working within our community,” Mayor Pokoney said.

“This is a small token of thanks on behalf of the community for the wonderful work you do.”

The presentation was also attended by representatives of local schools, who thanked the paramedics for the work they do both within the schools and the wider community.

The honour boards were accepted on behalf of the West Wyalong paramedics by the typically humble Station Officer, Mal Croucher, who reinforced the passion and commitment of each of the paramedics to serving the Bland Shire community.

The presentation to the paramedics follows a similar ceremony recognising the dedication of local nurses a couple of years previously. It was resolved by Council’s Health and Wellbeing Committee to acknowledge the contribution of our ambulance services in the same way. Committee chair Dot Smith said it was a wonderful opportunity for the community to say thank you for the outstanding service which has been provided over the years.

Honour board presentation