IN THE RUNNING: Rotary Ipswich North’s Michael Byrne (left) and Richard Horne with local mayors Paul Pisasale and Graeme Lehmann, and some of the region’s emergency services personnel.
IN THE RUNNING: Rotary Ipswich North’s Michael Byrne (left) and Richard Horne with local mayors Paul Pisasale and Graeme Lehmann, and some of the region’s emergency services personnel. Rob Williams

Firies, ambos, SES now part of annual celebration

IF THERE was one negative aspect to the immediate success of the Ipswich Police Officer of the Year Awards, it was the fact that the region's other life savers didn't rate a mention.

Ipswich North Rotary kickstarted the annual awards three years ago in the hope of giving some much deserved recognition to the unsung heroes of the emergency services.

While they've been well received, Rotary secretary Michael Byrne said it was only fair to include all emergency services personnel into the awards.

"It was actually the police who came to us and said 'what about the other fellas, why not include them'," Mr Byrne said.

"The firies and ambos are the ones pulling people out of car crashes and they need to be recognised.

"They are the kind of people who you don't hear about unless they make a mistake."

Nominations have openened for the 2015 Police and Emergency Officer of the Year Awards, with winners to be announced in a gala dinner in April next year.

There are several award categories for each of the emergency services this year, with rural fire fighters and SES volunteers included among those who can be nominated. Nominations close next January.

"These are the people we don't meet unless something goes wrong, and when it does we're desperate to see them," Mr Byrne said.

For information on how to nominate, visit: ipswichnorthrotary9630.org



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