Ge­orge’s 60-year love af­fair with first-aid

Melville Times - - Opinion -

GE­ORGE Fer­gu­son fell in love with first-aid train­ing af­ter tak­ing a course ad­min­is­tered by St John 60 years ago and has been vol­un­teer­ing for the not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion ever since.

Hav­ing lived through so much of its his­tory, the Melville res­i­dent is now a valu­able part of the team of vol­un­teers who man the St John Am­bu­lance Mu­seum in Bel­mont.

Ear­lier this month, the long-time St John ser­vant and re­tired Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment clerk was recog­nised for his ef­forts at the mu­seum when he was named the Her­itage Cen­tre Vol­un­teer of the Year.

“Back in 1957 I had an in­ter­est in first-aid work and a group of three or four friends and I de­cided to do a St John class,” Mr Fer­gu­son said.

“I signed up to be a vol­un­teer af­ter that class and I’ve held var­i­ous vol­un­teer po­si­tions ever since.”

St John chief ex­ec­u­tive Tony Ah­ern praised Mr Fer­gu­son for his long-time ser­vice.

“Ge­orge has writ­ten the his­tory of the de­vel­op­ment of St John in the western suburbs and has used his pub­lic ser­vice record man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence to ben­e­fit St John greatly,” he said.

“Since 2013, Ge­orge has been us­ing his ex­pert re­search skills to com­pile an honour roll of the WA mem­bers of the Or­der of St John, dat­ing back to 1892.

“Ge­orge has held many lead­er­ship roles in his time and helped to es­tab­lish a cadet di­vi­sion at the Mos­man Park School for deaf chil­dren as well as as­sist­ing in the plan­ning and build­ing of the cadet camp in Bus­sel­ton.

“He be­came a Knight of Grace with St John in 2011.”

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell d473714

Ge­orge Fer­gu­son’s in­ter­est in first-aid started in 1957.

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