Volunteers honoured for quick thinking at the field days

September 11, 2014

Barry Scholz attended the 1961 field day as a young farmer.

Ex-director and long time volunteer Barry Scholz.

Three volunteers from the Henty Machinery Field Day Co-operative will be awarded a Save A Life Awards by St John Ambulance after a medical emergency at last year’s field days.

Joshua Maher, Holbrook, Barry Scholz, Culcairn, and Ross Harper, Mangoplah, were recognised for their co-ordinated effort with a team of highly skilled health care professionals from the St John First Event Health Services when an elderly man collapsed at the field days.

St John Ambulance training centre co-ordinator Helen Chant, of Albury, said the early intervention by the volunteers and health professionals had saved the patient’s life.

“The volunteers ensured there was clear access to the patient and communicated well with the St John Ambulance team,’’ Ms Chant said.

The Save a Life award is presented to a person who contributes, through application of first aid skills, to saving a life.

The awards ceremony will be held at the University of Sydney on October 25.