Thanks for giving

Getting ready for Sundays Service of Thanksgiving for local emergency service personnel are (rear l-r) Rural Fire Service chaplains Rev Bob Rutherford, John Mace and Sister Mary McFadden, Police chaplain Pastor Ron Law and senior constables Craig Johnson and Mark Andrews with (front l-r) NSW Fire Brigade members Mark Flannery, Joel McEwan and Kevin Muldoon, and NSW Rural Fire Service members Sam Leary and Sheldon Harrington.

Whether its an SES worker fixing guttering in the pouring rain, a firefighter risking his life to save someone from a blaze or a hospital chaplain helping someone find peace within, emergency service personnel are constantly giving their time for others.

And often their hard work and bravery goes unnoticed.

This Sunday, February 19, is the annual Service of Thanksgiving a special day organised by the chaplains and pastoral care team at St Vincents and Lismore Base hospitals to thank these people for their enormous contributions.

In most cases the general public are unaware of the personal and family sacrifices that these people make to keep the community safe and the risks these people take to help others, said Rural Fire Service chaplain John Mace. This year the service will begin with a minutes silence to remember the late Colin Jackson, who attended last years service and was called out to an incident, and on his way suffered a heart attack and died. The minutes silence will also honour other emergency service personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The Service of Thanksgiving will be held at the Life Saver Rescue Helicopter base in Brunswick Street, Lismore, at 2.30pm, followed by an afternoon tea.

Everyone is encouraged to attend and give their thanks.

For more information phone Graeme Davis on 0417 241 564.


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