HE GAVE 480 hours of his time to Monto last year, on behalf of St John Ambulance.
Col Harris has been internationally recognised for his services to the community, by his induction as Member in the Order of St John. (Actually the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem.)
The award is presented to St John Ambulance members who have shown outstanding voluntary service, helping people in sickness, distress, suffering or danger.
And this week, the 72-year-old received his medal.
Mr Harris is the Superintendent of the Monto division and said he felt humbled but proud to be granted such an honour.
He was instrumental in founding the Monto division in 1990.
The award is a culmination of 22 years of service.
Last year he gave his time to events such as the Monto Show, Opera in the Gorge and Monto Rugby League.
“Ambulance work is my life,” Mr Harris said.
“I’m pleased to be able to do it... I like helping people.” He has no plans to step down. “I’ll keep doing it as long as I am able. I get to use my skills, meet many different people and attend most community events around the area. It’s fun,” he said. ■ The Monto Division of St Johns is always looking for new volunteers.
“St John Ambulance members should want to do first aid, be dedicated and not have a weak stomach,” Mr Harris said.
The division meets Tuesdays, at 7.30pm, at 26 Lister St, Monto.
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