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Northern NSW : Autumn 2013
The first day back at school isn’t one of excitement for most students, but nine year old, Liam Duffy, couldn’t wait to be back in the playground. During the holidays, Liam and his mum, Tania, were walking along the rocks at Norah Head when Liam discovered a cave. ‘He climbed in and took a photo. As he was coming out, he leant on a rock which fell from underneath him. Liam fell two metres and landed on a rock, breaking his ulna and radius,’ Mrs Duffy said. Rescue crews arrived and to keep him calm, entertained him with suggested tall stories he could tell his mates about how the accident happened, including that he was surfing an eight foot wave which caused the injury. ‘They were brilliant. Instead of making the situation worse or just administering pain relief, they kept Liam calm and tried to take his mind off the accident,’ Mrs Duffy said. The rescue crew showed even more compassion when they asked Tania if Liam would be comfortable being transported by the Rescue Helicopter to hospital. ‘He just looked at me and with his left hand, gave me a thumb up,’ she said with a laugh. Liam couldn’t wait for the first day of term so he could show off his cast and the souvenirs of his experience including goggles, neck brace, temporary splint and triangular bandage. ‘We are so grateful to the Service and crewman, who turned a potentially traumatic experience into something pleasant that we’ll never forget. When I phoned the Service the next day to find out how much I could expect to pay, I was shocked to find out it’s a free service.’ ‘I can’t wait to help campaign for the Service and get my friends involved – I’m Irish, I’ve kissed the Blarney Stone; I’ve got the gift of the gab.’ Service gets the thumbs up Emergency Ser vices working together to transport Liam to hospital D-Max adds to fleet With the help of Peel Valley Motors, an Isuzu D-Max four-wheel drive has become the latest addition to the Service’s fleet. Service Community Liaison Officer, Mick Wilson, said that being able to get around on the ground was just as important as getting around in the air for the Service. ‘T he D-Max fits more equipment and provides a powerful, all-terrain solution for the team located in the New England – North West region of NSW,’ he said. The vehicle is used for the Service’s fundraising and operational activities. It will be taken on the eight day Drovers Run 4x4 fundraising adventure from Tamworth to Canarvon Gorge in August. Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Autumn 2013 Page 15