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Northern NSW : Rescue - Autumn 2014
A crewman in the making Crewman, Graham Nickisson with Jesse, Kirri, Madi and crewman, Peter Martine In 2009, six year old Jesse Hawes from Kempsey, became an aspiring rescue crewman. At a school visit, crewman, Graham Nickisson had given Jesse and his school mates an inside look at life as a crewman of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. It was enough to inspire Jesse to begin his journey towards one day flying a rescue helicopter. Jesse chose to dress up as a rescue crewman at his school’s book week parade and his costume, put together by his mum Kirri, was made all the more special with the addition of genuine Service badges sent up by Graham. Four years on, Jesse is still a ‘massive fan’ of the Service and wanted to give his Service a Christmas present. He asked his relatives not to send him gifts for Christmas but instead make a donation to the Rescue Helicopter. On their way from Kempsey to Canberra for a family holiday in January, Jesse, Kirri and his little sister Madi, dropped into the Broadmeadow base. A chuffed Jesse presented his mentor, Graham with $500 which included his Christmas money and his own hard-earned savings. Graham said that this was one of many experiences that make the job so worthwhile. ‘Jesse is ten now and is going to be a helicopter pilot for the Service when he grows up. It’s a fantastic gesture by the young man and a really fantastic reminder of why we do what we do,’ he said. Collectable wooden chopper A Byron Bay furniture maker has donated more than 40 hours of his time to support the Rescue Helicopter. With the support of Eco Chopping Boards and Furniture, David O’Sullivan has handcrafted a wooden model of one of the Service’s BK 117 helicopters. David has donated the collectable helicopter and hopes that its auction will raise a few dollars for the Service. ‘He also put aside some of his own pocket money from work around the home,’ Kirri said. 15 Rescue Magazine AUTUMN 2014
Winter 2014 redo