Queensland Minister for Community Safety Jack Dempsey
Community Safety Minister Recognises Ambulance Service’s Most Inspiring In Brisbane
Victor P Taffa
Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) staff and volunteers, and a 10-year-old boy have been recognised for their service by Community Safety Minister Jack Dempsey at a special awards ceremony at Chermside today.
The 2012 Brisbane Region Star Care Awards honoured the Ambulance service’s best in the region in conjunction with the QAS 21st anniversary celebration.
Mr. Dempsey said it was a pleasure to attend the Brisbane Region Star Care awards and recognise the hard work of QAS members and also celebrate 21 years since the formation of the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS).
“All of today’s winners have shown outstanding dedication to the service, with each of them going above and beyond in their efforts to keep the community safe.” Mr. Dempsey said.
“The Brisbane region is clearly home to some of the most dedicated QAS members in the state, with 16 people also receiving long-service medals.”
“Between them they have given more than 230 years of service which is a remarkable commitment.”
“The QAS would be nothing without its talented staff, who should take pride in a job well done.”
Among those awarded was Oxley boy Riley Grgic, who took out the regional Young Hero of the Year award.
“For a 10-year-old, Riley has shown extraordinary maturity while giving significant support to his mother, who suffers from a medical condition.” Mr. Dempsey said.
“Riley has had to use the QAS on several occasions and local paramedics regularly commented about Riley’s ability beyond his years when caring for his mother.”
QAS Commissioner Russell Bowles also attended the ceremony, which doubled as a celebration of the 21st Anniversary of the formation of the QAS.
“I am pleased to be here to mark 21 years since the QAS replaced 96 individual Queensland Ambulance Transport Brigades (QATB).” Mr. Bowles said.
“In the past 21 years, the QAS has gone from strength to strength. Not only are paramedics consistently recognised as the most trusted profession in Australia, as shown by a recent Reader’s Digest survey, but our Code 1 response times are some of the best in the country.”
“These awards acknowledge the hard work, compassion and dedication of all involved in the QAS.”
Mr. Dempsey and Mr. Bowles presented the following awards:
Paramedic of the Year: Mark Disney, Narangba station
Emergency Medical Dispatcher of the Year: Karin Meeds, based at Kedron.
Patient Transport Officer of the Year: Lyn Rihia, based at South Brisbane.
Brisbane Region Local Ambulance Committee Achiever of the Year: Eatons Hill President William Custance.
Honorary Officer of the Year: Denis Grant from Karragarra Island.
Queensland and Brisbane Region Support Officer of the Year: Workforce Planning Unit, Brisbane Region.
Station of the Year: South Brisbane.
Queensland and Brisbane Region QAS 21st Anniversary Allied Services Award: Queensland Police Service Russell Island Station.
QAS 21st Anniversary Personnel Award: Nick Lentakis, based at Woollangabba.
QAS 21st Anniversary Community Award: Kerry Greensill, based at Manly.
As part of the QAS 21st Anniversary celebrations award ceremonies, heritage displays and station open days are being held around Queensland from 1-14 July to recognise the remarkable work of QAS ambulance staff and volunteers over the past two decades.