Ambos are applauded

September 01, 2017

Six-year-old Lucy Prendergast was taken from Echuca to Bendigo by paramedics with a severe case of pneumonia.

THE Echuca-Moama district said thank you to our local ambos on Tuesday.

Ambulance Victoria’s Thank a Paramedic Day celebrated the work paramedics do on a daily basis and the local contingent were widely appreciated.

Echuca’s Elle Prendergast likes to call them angels.

‘‘They transferred my six-year-old daughter Lucy to Bendigo at 3am on a cold, foggy winters night after Lucy had quickly developed complicated pneumonia,’’ she said.

‘‘With the help of our local ambos and a team that arrived from Royal Children’s Intensive Care Unit (PIPER - Paediatric Infant Perinatal Emergency Retrieval), she was safely and quickly taken to where she needed to be to receive the level of care required.

‘‘Putting her in the ambulance and waving goodbye to her was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do but knowing she was in the hands of these amazing people made it a little easier to cope with the drive following closely behind.

‘‘Our family is incredibly grateful for the vitally important job they do.’’

Posting on the Riv’s Facebook page Kirsty Kay Read said working with Search and Rescue she has had the honor of working alongside paramedics for years.

‘‘As well as needing them myself when we lost our son in 2015,’’ she said.

‘‘The wonderful ladies and gentlemen deserve medals for some of the crap they deal with.

Sue and Kevin Martin said they haven’t used the service in a while but wanted to acknowledge the ‘‘wonderful work these people do’’.

‘‘We know they are on standby 24/7 which is a wonderful safe feeling,’’ she said.

‘‘Bless you all and keep up this wonderful dedicated work you do, we all need you.’’

Ronda Brien used an ambulance a couple of weeks ago.

‘‘When my doctor called them to take me from surgery to the hospital,’’ she said.

‘‘The two paramedics were amazing and kept me calm. Thank you both.’’

‘‘They are a super bunch and we do not fully understand what they go through,’’ Susan Hazlett-Henry said.

Ben Costello, Shane O’Donnell and Libby Pellegrino also got a special shout out on the post.

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