RAY’S THANKS AND MANY HAPP Y RETURNS
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.”