A HAMILTON paramedic inspired by his mother has clocked up 30 years as an ambulance officer in Hamilton.
Andrew Hearn was so inspired by his mother’s work as a nurse in the Cavendish community he took on the challenge of a career as a paramedic.
Mr Hearn has spent 30 years at the Hamilton branch and last week received his 25 and 30-year long service and safe driving medals.
More than 85 years of combined service by paramedics, ambulance community officers and community emergency response team volunteers in Warrnambool and the south-west communities were recognised through service awards at a ceremony in Warrnambool.
Ambulance Victoria chief executive officer Greg Sassella said every day Ambulance Victoria paramedics and volunteers helped people during their time of greatest need.
“By presenting these awards we are thanking our skilled and professional paramedics and support staff for their commitment to Ambulance Victoria and to the communities we serve,” Mr Sassella said.
“While our award nights have a formal presentation of medals, it’s also a great opportunity to get together to celebrate the achievements of our people with their families in a social environment and catch up with old friends.”
Coleraine community officer Barbara Waldron-Hunter received her 10 and 15-year service awards, while 10-year recognitions were presented to Terang paramedic Deb Emeny and Port Fairy community officer James Smith.
Community emergency response team members to clock up five years included Nullawarre’s John Andreoli, Hawkesdale’s Bruce Mirtschin and Port Campbell’s Jo-Anne Moncrieff and Peter Stebbins.