Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has congratulated three Temora-based NSW Ambulance Officers who have been recently recognised with National Service and Ambulance Long Service and Good Conduct medals.

“It is an honour for me to congratulate and thank three local paramedics who have called Temora home for some time,” Ms Cooke said.

“It is particularly special for me to be doing so in the same year Temora Ambulance Station marks 70 years of operation from the same location.”

Ms Cooke said the National Service Medal was established in 1975, initially to recognise 15 years of service by members of the Australian Defence Force, Australian Police Forces, and Fire and Ambulance Services. A Clasp is awarded for each additional 10 years’ service with eligibility for the medal has gradually expanding to include individuals who have participated in part-time and volunteer service, members of the Australian Protective Service and Correctional and Emergency Services. It is considered to be Australia’s most awarded civilian medal.

The Ambulance Long Service and Good Conduct Medal is issued to all permanent NSW Ambulance staff upon reaching 10 years of service with the organisation.

Ms Cooke has congratulated the following NSW Ambulance Officers:

Intensive Care Paramedic and Station Officer Mr Chris Doughty: Mr Doughty commenced with NSW Ambulance in June 1986, training in Albury before postings to Griffith and Cooma before settling in Temora in 1987. Mr Doughty has been presented with his 2nd Clasp, Ambulance Long Service and Good Conduct Medal representing over 30 years’ service, and his 2nd Clasp, National Service Medal representing over 35 years’ service.

Paramedic Mr Shaun Thomson: Mr Thomson commenced with NSW Ambulance in July 1996, serving his probationary period in Mascot, Engadine, Bondi and Rockdale before postings to Menia and Temora. Mr Thomson’s father also served the Temora community as an Ambulance Office from the late 1960’s to early 1970’s. Mr Thomson has been presented with his 1st clasp, National Service Medal representing over 25 years’ service.

Paramedic Mr Taz Rundle: commenced with NSW Ambulance in October 2003, working at Summerhill and Menia with a decade in Kings Cross before moving to Temora where he now calls home. Mr Rundle received the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 2014, and has been presented with his 1st clasp, National Service Medal representing over 25 years’ service.

“I am sure the community of Temora will join me in thanking Mr Doughty, Mr Thomson and Mr Rundle for their ongoing contribution to the local community,” Ms Cooke said.

“They are among many fantastic local Paramedics who serve our small communities, and we are grateful to them for calling the Cootamundra electorate home.”