Commended for their dedication

2017-06-15 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedWith their certificates of commendation (from left) Rob McKenzie, Glen Preston, Warrant Officer Rommel Da Rosa and Warrant Officer Francois Pretorius, with Bear, the search and rescue dog.

PHOTO: suppliedWith their certificates of commendation (from left) Rob McKenzie, Glen Preston, Warrant Officer Rommel Da Rosa and Warrant Officer Francois Pretorius, with Bear, the search and rescue dog.

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TWO search and rescue officers from the Port Shepstone K9 unit and two paramedics were presented with certificates of special recognition by the MEC for Health, Dr Sibongeni Dhlomo, on Friday evening in Durban. Warrant Officers Francois Pretorius and Rommel da Rosa were joined by Glen Preston from MedEvac as well as Rob McKenzie from EMRS in accepting the awards.

The four were commended for their brave efforts when they rescued an eight-year-old girl who had fallen down a steel pipe in St Faiths in September last year.

They responded to a call and arrived at the scene, only to find that the child, who was playing on top of the pipe, had fallen down the 1.5m length of steel pipe.

Jagged pieces of metal inside the pipe made the rescue attempt difficult, but they managed to get her out. Fortunately, she only sustained minor injuries. The two police members and paramedics received certificates, a trophy and a monetary award. - Supplied.

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