Praise for our am­bos’ ef­forts

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

PORT Dou­glas am­bu­lance of­fi­cers are feel­ing the love.

It is not un­usual for them to re­ceive grat­i­tude from pa­tients, but two in­ci­dents lately have high­lighted how much they are ap­pre­ci­ated for their good work.

There is a mail­box in front of the sta­tion on Port Dou­glas Rd and last week of­fi­cer in charge Ian Day opened it to find a let­ter en­clos­ing a cheque for $500.

It was from a 49-year-old woman who lives in NSW, thank­ing paramedic Ge­off Nash who, she says, saved her life.

She was re­fer­ring to his emer­gency treat­ment when she suf­fered ana­phy­lac­tic shock while stay­ing in Port Dou­glas.

“Thankyou Port Dou­glas am­bos,” she wrote, “for sav­ing me from an early en­try to the pearly gates.

“Please ac­cept this do­na­tion to pur­chase what­ever you need.”

Ian Day said the money will go to the Lo­cal Am­bu­lance Com­mit­tee.

“We don’t ex­pect it but when th­ese things come along we qui­etly ap­pre­ci­ate it,” Mr Day said,.

“We do get a lot of cards and let­ters etc.

“That money is much ap­pre­ci­ated.”

ASM Day himself was the fo­cus of a let­ter this month, this time from a woman thank­ing him for his treat­ment of her elderly mother who was vis­it­ing Port Dou­glas in early July.

Both women were pas­sen­gers in a peo­ple mover that hit a speed hump in the drive­way of a re­sort.

“My 70-year-old mum was crum­pled over in the back seat of a shut­tle bus, pale with fear and trem­bling in shock with a crushed ver­te­brae and two frac­tures in her spine, un­able to move, and strug­gling to breathe in her state of panic.

“Ian Day ar­rived within min­utes of my call to 000 and I felt noth­ing other than ab­so­lute re­lief and ut­ter grat­i­tude for the im­pec­ca­ble job that he and sup­port­ing Of­fi­cers per­formed,” the woman wrote.

“His man­ner was flaw­less from the mo­ment he at­tended the scene, tak­ing full con­trol in con­fi­dently han­dling a very dis­tress­ing sit­u­a­tion, get­ting Mum safely into a back brace and other sup­ports within a very tight, tricky and awk­ward po­si­tion in the bus, en­abling Mum to be lifted out on a stretcher and into the Am­bu­lance.

I would like to ac­knowl­edge not only the phys­i­cal as­pects of what an amazing job he did, but also the emo­tional ones.

“Thank you from the bot­tom of mine and my fam­ily’s heart.”

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