Great hon­our

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Ge­orge Smith

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.

Email monto@stjohn­ or call 0421 559 505.

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