Emergency personnel recognised
IT’S NOT often we get a moment to reflect on the value of the emergency services to the Northern Rivers communities.
Usually when we come into contact with them it is during times of great stress, upheaval or trauma in our lives.
Tomorrow the public has an opportunity to do just that at the 10th annual service of thanksgiving at the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter base at 2.30pm in Lismore.
The non-denominational service will be led by the NSW Ambulance chaplain for the Northern Region, Reverend Graeme Davis.
“Everyone is invited to come and express their gratitude to the members of the emergency services for their acts of extreme generosity and kindness in time of need,” he said.
“I encourage people to ask themselves, what you would do without them in times of emergencies. How would we cope?
“The answer is quite simple, we would not.”
The service will include prayers of thanksgiving, blessing of personnel and equipment, a musical solo by a NSW police chaplain, Rev Ron Law, together with hymns and a reflection.
Emergency service personnel and their families from all agencies will be represented with their chaplains, pastoral care and support teams.
“These people serve us unselfishly throughout the year and it is important for them to know and witness by the public’s presence that we appreciate them.” said Rev Davis.
“They continue to work without thought for self, or outcome, bringing life giving aid and empathy, to those in need.
“Often emergency service members are willing and accessible to drop whatever they may be doing to act in response to any emergency or trauma situation, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Tomorrow’s service is a small repayment for such a big return.”