Awards for long service
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.
Michael Napier and WA Governor Kerry Sanderson at the investiture.