April 29, 2021
A special morning tea was held at Kingaroy’s ambulance station on Thursday morning to farewell long-serving paramedic David Bruce.
David retired last year from the QAS and is moving with his wife Liz to Townsville this weekend.
He was presented with a National Medal, recognising 15 years of diligent service; and a Long Service Medal, recognising 10 years service.
Former Officer-in-Charge of Kingaroy QAS, Nolan “Jonesy” Jones (now OIC at Proston QAS), presented the medals to his long-term friend.
The men first met in NSW while both were working as paramedics in the south-western Sydney area.
David began his ambulance career in Scotland, where he was one of the first officers trained to be a paramedic.
David and Liz emigrated to Sydney in 1995 where he spent another 10 years as an ambo.
After Nolan shifted to Kingaroy, he suggested his friend and his wife come to Queensland, too … and the rest his history.
David spent 15 years working at the Kingaroy QAS.
Many local residents would remember him as the patient transport officer with the Scottish brogue.
In 2013, David was presented with a Queensland Star Care award by then-Police and Community Safety Minister Jack Dempsey in a ceremony at the Kedron Park Emergency Services Facility in Brisbane.
QAS Commissioner Russell Bowles congratulated David who was named Patient Transport Officer of the Year.
“David through his impeccable work ethic and personalised patient care, punctuality and efficiency enables patients to arrive safely and on time, despite the distance to their appointments,” Mr Bowles said.
“David ensures that his knowledge of his patient’s condition and current medical status prior to departure is comprehensive, to ensure patients receive the best ongoing care.
“His personal concern for all his patients enables him to excel in the provision of care which enhances the welfare and safety of patients.”
“Jonesy” repeated the praise on Thursday morning.
“Thank you for your service,” Nolan said. “Scotland, NSW and now, officially, Queensland is saying thank you.”
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Kingaroy Local Ambulance Committee (LAC) president John Box made a second presentation on Thursday morning.
He said there were three Kingaroy LAC members who had served 10 years with the volunteer committee: Sharon Leach, Debbie Jackson and Kendall Siddans.
Unfortunately, only Kendall could be present to receive his Certificate of Appreciation and badge for his service.