Ricky to the res­cue in cy­clone-af­fected re­gion

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Peter Carruthers

CARMEL Py­att does not know how she would have got through Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie with­out the heroic help of Ricky Fal­zon.

The former mines res­cue worker ar­rived at her Can­non­vale home in Kook­aburra Drive and lit­er­ally cut his way through to the house oc­cu­pied by Carmel and her hus­band Steve.

Ricky said he didn’t want to ar­rive empty handed and on his way from Mackay he stopped in at Brumbies bak­ery and bought out the whole store.

“I went in there and said jok­ingly, ‘I will take ev­ery­thing you have got’,” he said.

When Ricky ex­plained he was do­ing a run to the Whit­sun­days the Sydney St bak­ery helped load up his Land­cruiser and gave him a 20% dis­count.

By the time he got to the Whit­sun­days Ricky’s ute was full of food, fuel for gen­er­a­tors and of course a big chain­saw.

Af­ter the run he made to the Whit­sun­days that Fri­day, just af­ter the cy­clone had hit, Ricky did it again on Satur­day and Sun­day, bring­ing sup­port in the form of some mates with a de­sire to help.

“It was such a big job, I couldn’t leave it. That’s when we did an­other run on Sun­day,” Ricky said.

“It just bal­looned from there.”

When Carmel was asked why Ricky made the four-hour round trip as many times as he could she said, “that’s Ricky, it’s just the sort of per­son he is”.

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