Nine-year-old Joshua Williams (front and centre), who demonstrated a significant degree of composure and maturity when his mum was injured in a motorbike accident. Image Supplied.
Ambulance officers from around the Wide Bay region gathered in Bundaberg this week to recognise the excellent work of their peers, as years of service were recognised at the
annual Wide Bay Local Ambulance Service Network awards ceremony.
It is during this week in September 1892 when the ancestor of the modern Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) was born after a group of concerned Brisbane citizens met and established the City Ambulance Transport Brigade.
Chief Superintendent Russell Cooke said the awards were an opportunity to acknowledge those officers who had performed diligently over an extended period of time.
“Ceremonies like this are a chance to say thanks to all our paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers, patient transport officers, corporate staff and volunteers for what they do every day to make sure our patients receive the best care possible,” he said.
“I want to recognise all Wide Bay staff for their contribution and assistance in building the Service into the modern, high-performing organisation it is today.
“This extends to the vital work of the Local Ambulance Committees and the many volunteers that put in countless hours to ensure our officers and community are well supported”.
A number of medals – including Long Service Medals and National Medals for 10 years through to 35 years of service– were presented to staff. Two officers, Gayndah paramedic Keith Wrench and Bundaberg-based Clinical Support Officer Warren Smith, were recognised for achieving the rare and remarkable feat of having served for 35 years.
Mr Cooke said that the Service can be proud of each of these milestones.
“Our staff repeatedly go beyond the call of duty, show bravery and composure in challenging situations and save lives without expecting acknowledgment or praise,” he said.
“Our paramedics are committed to helping the community, but their job would be far tougher without the support network of their close friends and family who they celebrate with today”.
A standout award was the Certificate of Appreciation presented to nine-year-old Joshua Williams, who demonstrated a significant degree of composure and maturity when his mother sustained a severe injury during a motorcycle incident at their Hervey Bay home.
Joshua Williams with his award. Image Supplied
As the oldest of three children at the scene, Joshua called Triple Zero (000), providing quality detail to the call-taker and relaying directions.
He comforted his mother until the arrival of paramedics and then cared for the other children, allowing the QAS crew to focus on treating the injury. Joshua demonstrated leadership, compassion and calmness well beyond his years.