Local paramedics recognised for efforts on fire scene

NSW Ambulance staff Chief Superintendent Western Sector John Stonestreet, Cobar
Station Officer Stephen Dutton, Superintendent Stewart Clarke, Paramedic Anita
Hodgkinson and Inspector Lisa-Maree Darley at Thursday’s Awards ceremony.

Cobar Paramedics were acknowledged last week for the part they played in an emergency situation during a fire at the New Occidental Hotel in 2014 that claimed the life of retained firefighter Daniel ‘Howie’ Howard.

NSW Ambulance Zone manager for central west Superintendent Stewart Clarke said the service was very proud of the Cobar paramedics who did everything they could in a very distressing and trying situation.

“The emergency services sector work together in all types of environments and situations, the paramedics were personally touched by the events that unfolded,” Superintendent Clarke said.

“In small communities, everyone knows everyone and sometimes we do not know what we are responding to or who it is, so I commend the staff for their handling of the situation.

“I am very proud of them as is the rest of the NSW Ambulance Service. Our staff were so humble in accepting the award for what they see as ‘just doing their job,” he said.