Dili­gent work recog­nised

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

SER­VICE: Ad­vanced care para­medic Paul Bridges with daugh­ter Aleysha, 14, and son Jeff at the North­ern Re­gion Awards cer­e­mony WHEN Queens­land Am­bul ance Ser­vice ad­vanced c a r e p a r a m e d i c P a u l Bridges re­ceived his Na­tional Medal yes­ter­day, his big­gest achieve­ment was hav­ing his son and daugh­ter wit­ness the hon­our.

Af­ter 15 years in the ser­vice, the hon­our – Aus­tralia’s most awarded civil­ian medal – was just the ic­ing on the cake for a man who chose his pro­fes­sion be­cause of his drive to help peo­ple.

He was one of 10 peo­ple to be pre­sented with awards at the 2011 Queens­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice North­ern Re­gion Awards Cer­e­mony, held at the Mater Con­fer­ence Cen­tre.

Awards in­cluded na­tional m e d a l s , l o n g - s e r v i c e medals and lo­cal am­bu­lance com­mit­tee badges for vol­un­teer ser­vice.

‘‘ I’m here with my son Jeff and daugh­ter Aleysha . . . we’ve trav­elled in from Hugh­en­den,’’ Mr Bridges said.

‘‘ You have to be nom­i­nated based on your day-to­day job but this is the type of job you only do if like it, like help­ing peo­ple.’’

The Na­tional Medal recog­nises long and dili­gent ser­vice by mem­bers of recog­nised or­gan­i­sa­tions whose mem­bers help the com­mu­nity dur­ing times of cri­sis.

Michael Grainger also re- ceived the na­tional hon­our yes­ter­day.

Queens­land Am­bu­lance a c t i n g c o m m i s s i o n e r Rod­ney Walz was pre­sented with a 30-year ser­vice medal.

He said the thing which had stood out most in his ca­reer was the re­sponse of North Queens­land staff fol­low­ing Cy­clone Yasi.

‘‘ Cy­clone Yasi was an im­mense event and a big chal­lenge and the re­sponse of staff was just amaz­ing,’’ he said.

I have been in Townsville eight years and it is great. The staff are north­ern­ers so they don’t com­plain, they get on and do their job.’’

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