Fa­mil­iar face moves on

Bush Telegraph - - Entertainment & Dining - By DAVE MUR­DOCH RE­SULTS

Noth­ing is more re­as­sur­ing when you are re­ally sick than the ar­rival of an am­bu­lance at your door and see­ing a fa­mil­iar face at the wheel.

For 28 years that fa­mil­iar face could have been Turoa Sadler, who has now trans­ferred to the St John Am­bu­lance Ser­vice in Hawke’s Bay.

Turoa joined St John Am­bu­lance in 1990 soon after leav­ing school, helping as a vol­un­teer driver and medic part­time while work­ing at Kiwi Lum­ber. He joined be­cause some of his friends had joined and said he has never re­gret­ted it.

In 2005 Turoa be­gan full­time work for St John and has loved the ex­pe­ri­ence.

While helping peo­ple in trou­ble and even sav­ing lives is very re­ward­ing, Turoa is adamant it is the friend­ship of his col­leagues which has been Pahiatua Golf Club:

Re­sults: Tues­day May 22 – LGU Gold Medal and Stable­ford But­ton, MBM and Qual­i­fy­ing Rd 2, 1 M Read 76 nett, 2= G Sorensen and D Hen­rick­sen 77, 4= S Ash­ton, M McAvoy, P McCool and M Wheeler 79, 8= C Daysh, S Ross, M Lock­wood, V Puia-Clark and A Ma­son. Longest Putt (18): P McCool. the best part of his ca­reer.

“It is the peo­ple you work with who leave their mark,” he said.

Over 28 years Turoa has seen many changes as tech­nol­ogy and so­ci­ety changes. The Mk 2 am­bu­lances he drives are much bet­ter equipped with power lifters, one per­son be­ing able to put a stretcher with pa­tient on it in­side now. There are more sup­port sys­tems and there is more power in the mo­tor.

“Your speed is still gov­erned by com­mon­sense,” he says. He ad­mits big car ac­ci­dents are still a dif­fi­cult ex­pe­ri­ence but says you take what comes.

He is look­ing to up­grade his skills and set­tle into his new en­vi­ron­ment with his fam­ily. He has been work­ing in Hawke’s Bay on and off for al­most a year.

At his farewell Dan­nevirke St John’s Chief Of­fi­cer Mark Jack­son said Turoa was a very re­li­able mem­ber and a real char­ac­ter who will be missed. Twos: S Ross (9).

Thurs­day May 24 – No play due to rain.

Satur­day May 26 – Medal, 2nd Round Byrne Cup and 2nd Qual­i­fy­ing, 1 K Pierey 60 nett – Kieran shot a 79 off the stick, 2 K P Bourke 68, 3 M Ash­well 68, 4 M Galvin 70 nett. Twos: J Met­calfe (14). The jackpot hole was #9 and so not struck.

TUROA Sadler with St John col­leagues at the Ser­vices and Ci­ti­zen’s Club on his last day in Dan­nevirke. From left: Mark Jack­son, Robyn Mosen, Ka­t­rina Jack­son, Turoa Sadler, Steve St Merat, Lee-anne Barr, Shan­non Bright and Nis­san Stephens.

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