Helping others ?a good thing
COFFS Harbour's Bruce Waters has always wanted to help people.
After spending 10 years working as a nurse, he decided in 1988 that joining the NSW Ambulance Service was the next step forward in his career.
The advanced life support officer was one of seven North Coast officers recognised for their years of dedication to the NSW Ambulance Service with the presentation of awards yesterday by the NSW Health Minister Morris Iemma.
"I felt the idea of help- ing other people was a good thing," Mr Waters said.
He undertook his 12 months' training at Taree before moving to West Wyalong in the Central West, then to Urbenville in northern NSW as station officer, before taking up a posting at Coffs Harbour in 1994.
Joining Mr Waters in receiving their national service medals for 15 years continuous service were:
Urunga paramedic Jacinta Young, who recently moved to the township after serving at Coffs Har- bour for seven years;
Coffs Harbour advanced life support officer Adrian Herd; and
Nambucca Heads ambulance officer Justin Prior.
Those officers awarded the first clasp to the national medal for 25 years continuous service were:
Kempsey advanced life support officer William Foster;
Coffs Harbour advanced life support officer Leslie Neill; and
Nambucca Heads station officer and paramedic Mi- chael Meair.