Awards for long ser­vice

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

Sev­eral Pil­bara am­bu­lance vol­un­teers have been recog­nised at the in­vesti­ture of the WA Com­man­dery of the Or­der of St John.

Glen Saun­ders of Wick­ham, Gre­gory Lin­coln and Michael Napier of Tom Price, and Graham Head and John Sea­man of Kar­ratha were made mem­bers of the Or­der of St John af­ter decades of ser­vice.

Mr Napier went to Perth for the cer­e­mony on April 2, which was con­ducted by WA Gover­nor Kerry San­der­son.

Mr Napier is a full-time vol­un­teer trea­surer for St John Tom Price and also works with the emer­gency cadets as an in­struc­tor.

Af­ter a friend per­suaded him to join, he stayed with the or­gan­i­sa­tion for 13 years.

“It’s in­ter­est­ing, it keeps your brain ac­tive,” he said.

“Liv­ing in a small com­mu­nity, you’ve got to help peo­ple.”

Mr Head has been vol­un­teer­ing with St John Kar­ratha for 16 years and at­tributes his long ser­vice to the peo­ple he has met along the way.

“It’s friends-of-life type thing be­cause what we deal with and what we see and what we’ve done, it’s unique to those peo­ple,” he said.

Mr Head works as a first aid and vol­un­teer am­bu­lance of­fi­cer trainer and has held var­i­ous com­mit­tee roles, in­clud­ing vol­un­teer development of­fi­cer, dur­ing Kar­ratha’s tran­si­tion from vol­un­teer to ca­reer sub­cen­tre.

Both Mr Napier and Mr Head said they were thrilled but sur­prised to be nom­i­nated for mem­ber­ship of the ex­clu­sive group.

Pic­ture: St John

Michael Napier and WA Gover­nor Kerry San­der­son at the in­vesti­ture.

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