Townsend’s dedication

Peter de KruijffPilbara News

Karratha St John Ambulance volunteer ambulance officer Lee Townsend has been named the June winner of the Pilbara News West Pilbara Emergency Volunteer of the Month award.

Ms Townsend said she was bowled over by the honour.

“Very overwhelming, I couldn’t believe it to be quite honest, I feel as if there are other people who probably deserve it more then me as well, but really amazed and proud of myself too,” she said.

Ms Townsend first got involved with St John after she started with the organisation as a receptionist, which was her first job coming out of school.

Since moving to Karratha she has been involved as a volunteer for the past two years.

Ms Townsend said she would on average do one or two shifts a week, each shift 12 hours, but she also coordinated ambulance crews for events such as speedway or motocross where an ambulance was requested.

“I work on that probably three or four nights a week, and then also I’m on spectrum so every ambulance call that comes into Karratha I receive on my cell phone,” she said.

“It is a large part of my life plus I’m on the committee as well.”

Despite taking up so much of her time, Ms Townsend said the work wasn’t a hardship and she always enjoyed the time she spent with the other volunteers, who were also now good friends, helping people.

“We do put in a lot of hours, but whatever we put in we get more out of it from helping people,” she said.

Email nominations for this month’s Pilbara Emergency Volunteer award to

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