Diligent work recognised
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.’’