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Debt re­paid with GPSS

Pa­tient do­nates four units

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Al­most six weeks ago, Bal­larat’s Julie Scol­lary was knocked un­con­scious in a wake­board­ing ac­ci­dent on the Mur­ray River at Tor­rum­barry.

On Wed­nes­day, she re­turned to Echuca with her brother, Daryl Scol­lary, to thank the paramedics who came to her aid.

As well as the ver­bal thanks, the pair also showed their grat­i­tude with the do­na­tion of four GPS units to Echuca am­bu­lance sta­tion.

The GPS units— one for each of Echuca’s four am­bu­lances — is courtesy Mr Scol­lary’s Hor­sham em­ployer, seed sup­ply com­pany, Nuseed.

‘‘The busi­ness I work for has got a sense of com­mu­nity and car­ing for staff and their fam­i­lies,’’ Mr Scol­lary said.

‘‘When this in­ci­dent came up, this was the per­fect way to say thank you to Echuca am­bos.’’

Ms Scol­lary, a para­medic her­self, does not re­mem­ber any­thing about her ac­ci­dent.

Her first mem­ory is wak­ing up in Melbourne’s Al­fred Hos­pi­tal where she had been flown to from Echuca with head in­juries and pneu­mo­nia.

‘‘I was un­con­scious for a long time,’’ she said.

‘‘I was put to sleep in an in­duced coma.’’

Julie spent four days in hos­pi­tal af­ter the ac­ci­dent.

Echuca am­bu­lance sta­tion team man­ager Phil Herd re­mem­bers the ac­ci­dent well.

He and Echuca para­medic Roy Jack­son were called to a job where a wake­boarder had been in­jured in Far­ley Rd.

‘‘When I got there, some­one. . . said ‘she’s down on the boat’. They said ‘she’s a para­medic’,’’ Mr Herd said.

‘‘When I got down there, I re­alised who it was.’’

Mr Herd and Ms Scol­lary had worked to­gether as paramedics in Bendigo pre­vi­ously.

Help­ing some­one they know is not un­usual for Echuca paramedics.

‘‘It’s more com­mon to go to jobs and know the peo­ple,’’ Mr Herd said. ‘‘Echuca’s not a big place. ‘‘(At times like this) your job just takes over and you do what you have to do.’’

Mr Herd said he was thank­ful for the do­na­tion of the GPS units, some­thing that, un­til now, the sta­tion had am­bu­lances .

‘‘It’s got to be bet­ter guid­ance and more ef­fi­cient in get­ting to places,’’ Mr Herd said.

‘‘It’s an­other bit of equip­ment to help us in our jobs.’’

Mr Scol­lary said his busi­ness was only too pleased to be able to help.

‘‘It’s crazy to am­bu­lances don’t (GPSs),’’ he said.

‘‘More im­por­tant than the do­na­tion, our fam­ily would like to thank the Echuca am­bu­lance crews and Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria, for their con­tri­bu­tion in help­ing Julie to have a good out­come on the day.’’

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Grate­ful re­cip­i­ents: Echuca paramedics (from left) Roy Jack­son, Phil Herd, Julie Scol­lary and Daryl Scol­lary. Photo: BIANCA OLIV­ERI
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