A time to say thanks
TROY Rodham nearly didn't make it to his 28th birthday.
Yesterday the Mullaway-based music student came forward to thank the volunteers, emergency services and care workers who saved his life after a car accident near Woolgoolga five months ago.
Troy Rodham and Coffs Harbour police youth liaison officer Senior Constable Sue Kady were the guest speakers at Saturday's National Day of Thanksgiving service at Bethel Christian Centre.
Mr Rodham's car rolled over three times in the accident and left hin pinned under the car for more than two hours, although he remembers nothing after hitting the windscreen, which shattered.
He said he owed his survival to the skill and experience of the nurse who revived him; Woolgoolga fire and rescue services, who lifted the car off him; the ambulance squad and a trauma doctor from Coffs Harbour who ensured his heart was not stopped by the poisons which had accumulated in his lower body; and the hospital and rehabilitation staff who treated him and helped him learn to walk again.
Senior Constable Kady talked about Christian values in policing and legislation, and the difficulties police encountered having to act as social workers as well as law enforcement officers.
The National Day of Thanksgiving, introduced in 2004, this year is focused on the work of emergency services.
The Rev Di Skinner, president of the Coffs Harbour Ministers Fraternal, said about 75 people from a number of the emergency services had attended a special breakfast held on Saturday at Sawtell RSL Club to honour and thank emergency service workers.
The breakfast was also attended by Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker; Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser and Coffs Harbour mayor Cr Keith Rhoades.
The Ministers Fraternal is the Coffs Harbour organising body for the Day of Thanksgiving.
Rev Skinner said more people should come forward and say thank you for the help they received.