The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

TWO weeks ago, Ray Hadley was in trou­ble when he col­lapsed at home. Two young am­bu­lance paramedics quickly as­sessed him and rushed him to hos­pi­tal.

One stayed in the back of the am­bu­lance to keep him con­scious. “This young bloke just kept talk­ing to me and said I knew his grandad,” Hadley said.

Turns out the para­medic, Dal­ton Lynch, is the grand­son o of Par­ra­matta and Test legend Ron Lynch (pic­tured left).

Hadley spent five days in hos­pi­tal with in­fluenza B and l liver c com­pli­ca­tions. He has no doubt the two young paramedics’ quick ac­tion saved him from a far more se­ri­ous out­come.

As he re­cov­ered, Hadley kept think­ing about Dal­ton.

You see, about 10 years ago Ron Lynch had thanked Hadley for some help in a pri­vate mat­ter by giv­ing him his Kangaroo tour tie, name tag and blazer pocket.

“Ron was my late dad’s hero and in turn one of my he­roes,” Hadley said. “But I never felt quite right about hav­ing such trea­sured me­men­tos in my pos­ses­sion.”

Last week, Hadley con­tacted Dal­ton and made a re­quest. Could he take back his grandad’s mem­o­ra­bilia?

At first, Dal­ton de­clined but, af­ter dis­cus­sions with Ron, he ac­cepted Hadley’s of­fer.

“Such trea­sured items be­long in the fam­ily,” Hadley said. “I was very con­cerned Ron would be per­haps in­sulted by me re­turn­ing the items but fate threw Dal­ton and me to­gether and it just felt like the right thing to do.

“Ron and Betty Lynch and Dal­ton’s par­ents, Ben and Kim, are im­mensely proud of this young man and so they should be.”

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