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Northern NSW : Winter 2012 redo
Meeting the rescuer Nine years ago Tamara Niddrie was in a motor vehicle accident near Kearsley, west of Cessnock. As a result of the accident Tammy suffered severe injuries including a brain injury which has required a long treatment process and years of rehabilitation. For the first time since the accident, Tammy visited the Newcastle base to find out more about the Rescue Helicopter and its role in transporting people to medical care after sustaining injuries from accidents like hers. Tammy met 'her hero' Chief Pilot, Mike de Winton. Mike was the pilot on duty the day of her accident and flew her to hospital for treatment. During the base visit she took the opportunity to learn more about the Service and the people involved in her care which included Flight Paramedics, air crewmen, the Volunteer Rescue Association and the medical and health professionals at John Hunter Hospital. The accident also resulted in a career change for Tammy who now works as a receptionist at Jobs Centre Australia four days a week and one day a week in a local school library. She is recently engaged and currently planning her wedding with fiancé John. She joins a group of important people at the Service as a Rescue Club member. Rescue Club Tammy Niddrie meets Chief Pilot Mike de Winton holding a copy of Rescue Magazine from 2004 when her story was first told. Phil Mullard and Meryn Jennings Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Winter 2012 Page 5