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2011 Thank a Paramedic Day

16 Nov 2011

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The emergency care and support provided by our paramedics in difficult and stressful situations often leaves a lasting impression on our patients and their families.

‘Thank a Paramedic' day celebrations simultaneously took place across this State on Wednesday 16 November 2011 at 10.30am. The day has been dedicated for a public celebration of paramedics and the medical care they provide to the NSW community.

The day also provided an occasion for our paramedics to reflect on the important and valuable role they have within our society.

The Sydney event was held at The Zenith Theatre, Chatswood and the Minister for Health and Minister for Medica Research, Jillian Skinner MP delivered a speech highlighting the important role paramedics have played in the development of the FAST stroke campaign. She also personally thanked all Ambulance staff for the important role they play in the delivery of emergency care.

Community Guest Speaker 18 yr old Stephanie Frendo spoke emotionally about her cardiac arrest which she suffered only three months earlier in August. She was heading home from university in North Sydney with her friends when she suddenly collapsed. Stephanie has been living with a pre-existing cardiac condition since birth and had a pacemaker fitted at the age of 10. Stephanie was happily reunited with the paramedics who attended to her, Peter Rowe, Sam Fitzgerald and Mark Whittaker.

Staff were given the role of emceeing the events and thanks go out to all three of them for a wonderful job. They were Inspector Ken Iles in Newcastle, Superintendent Sean Kearns in Sydney and Inspector Paul Tonge in Wollongong.

Commissioner Mike Willis, Acting Chief Executive presented Certificates of Deployment to staff who were deployed to the Queensland floods, Christchurch earthquake and Japan earthquake and tsunami. He also addressed guests about the importance of recognising the wonderful work paramedics perform, sometimes in the most horrendous of circumstances.

Many Long Service and Good Conduct medals were also presented to staff who had achieved up to 40 years of service!

Photo above: Cardiac arrest survivor Stephanie Frendo was presented with a cardiac arrest survivor award by Dr Ron Manning, Director Statewide Services.

Intensive Care Paramedic Sabeeha Toynton

Cardiac arrest survivor Stephanie Frendo with paramedics Mark Whittaker, Sam Fitzgerald and Peter Rowe.

Paramedics spokesperson Emma Bockas

Rodney Wilson received his 2nd and 3rd clasp for 40 years service from Chief Superintendent Tony Gately.


Conrad Wight received the Citation for Commendation for Courage, Community Award from the Minister For Health Jillian Skinner. Paramedics are Inspector John Brotherhood and Inspector Gavin Wood.

Paramedic Davide Franchesine received the Qld Flood and Cyclone Citation form Commissioner Mick Willis Acting Chief Executive.


Letters of Appreciation

To whom it may concern on THANK A PARAMEDIC DAY 2011

Just a quick note to the wonderful Paramedics who saved my life after having 6 cardiac arrests on Friday evening 17th September 2009!! It may be 2 and a bit years ago but there is not a day go by I don't remember and thank Jenny, Rick and Paul for their amazing talent and strength that gave me life!! In this 2 and a bit years I have lost so far 32 kilos, given up smoking and nearly gotten healthy ha ha!! (Exercise is still a work in progress) I have travelled to Bali and Jenny yes I have now got a bucket list and went to the Carribean this year on a cruise with friends 20 years my junior!! I have lived life to the fullest and have you wonderful people to thank for this!!!

Please if you can put this in your newsletter as I really need all Paramedics to know you are really appreciated by many who may not know how to reach out!!

THANK YOU and love always
Shirley Hamid

Shirley Hamid was reunited with Paramedics Rick Taylor, Jenny Mills and Paul Smith during the 2009 Thank a Paramedic Day at Parramatta.