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ECU graduate receives bravery award

Monday, 20 December 2010

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Congratulations to ECU Bachelor of Science (Paramedical Science) graduate, Ms Donelle Carver, who received a St John Ambulance Award for Bravery at the recent St John Ambulance Annual Christmas Function.

The awards recognise individuals who show exceptional bravery in the field, with Donelle awarded for her efforts in saving the life of a young man who had fallen down a concrete pump shaft at a construction site in Alkimos.

Donelle, who was called to the scene with her partner, John Thomas, showed great initiative by contacting the Emergency Rescue Helicopter Service for support and then venturing into the shaft herself to secure and remove the patient through the help of a local contractor’s dogman cage.

Through Donelle’s leadership the patient was secured and stabilised with an IV line by the time the chopper arrived and was transported to Royal Perth Hospital.

Coordinator of Paramedical Science Associate Professor Richard Brightwell congratulated Donelle on her commitment and dedication which helped save the patient’s life.

“Receiving this award is a fantastic achievement for Donelle and recognises both her ability to work well under pressure, her commitment to patient care and her skills in the field and on behalf of everyone here at ECU I would like to congratulate Donelle on receiving this prestigious award,” said Professor Brightwell.

For more information on Saint John Ambulance visit the Saint John Ambulance Australia website.

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