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Northern NSW : Rescue - Spring 2014
Six years before the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service was established as a weekend beach patrol in Newcastle, the people of Cessnock were visited by a Beecroft Queen Air Ambulance for the first time. It touched down at Pokolbin airstrip to transfer 14-year-old Peter Morris to Sydney's Prince Henry Hospital after he suffered neck injuries diving into shallow water. A news clipping from December 1969 reporting the incident was recently given to Maitland Volunteer Support Group President, Peter Brereton, who said the event marked an important moment in the region's history and set in place a community desire and push to have locally based aeromedical services available to the wider population. EACH YEAR THE RESCUE HELICOPTER PERFORMS MORE THAN 1,000 MISSIONS. EACH PERSON WHO IS ASSISTED BY THE SERVICE CAN BECOME A MEMBER OF ITS RESCUE CLUB. MANY OF THESE MISSIONS ARE EMOTIONAL AND TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES FOR THOSE INVOLVED. WE OFTEN RECEIVE LETTERS, EMAILS OR CONTACT THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA FROM THESE PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS. WE WOULD LIKE TO SHARE A RECENT LETTER WE RECEIVED: "To the entire team -- from the guy that puts air into the tyres, to the engineers that ensure the helicopters don't fall from the sky. The Tamworth based Rescue Helicopter dropped into my property on the afternoon of 2 July 2014. I am a private health member and was surprised to learn that no one pays to be assisted by the Service. My thanks go out to the team for their assistance on that painful afternoon. You guys really do a great job! With sincere thanks for a job well done, Mr Lindsay Phillip." Mr Phillip was assisted after breaking his ankle and collarbone in a motorbike accident. See (o) on the map on page 10 for more on this mission. Eighty-seven is considered an unlucky number in the game of cricket, but for Ron Munday it was another notch in a fantastic innings when he celebrated his birthday on 1 July 2014. Ron is a cattle farmer at Glen Innes and an avid supporter of the Rescue Helicopter's work. Just two weeks before his birthday, Mr Munday visited the team at the Tamworth base to donate a further $70,000, making his total contribution over the past six years $370,000. Community Liaison Officer, Barry Walton, said the Service was grateful for Mr Munday's on going support and generosity. Ron Munday and Barry Walton Cattle farmer continues to give Before the Service Letters to the Service If you've ever been assisted by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and would like to get in touch, please call us on 1800 155 155. 4 Rescue Magazine SPRING 2014
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Winter 2014 redo