Potch paramedics' kindness unites residents

2015-12-17 08:58
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Johannesburg - An act of kindness by a group of Potchefstroom paramedics has led to a community rallying together to help others in need.

A little more than a year ago, the ER24 Potchefstroom crew helped a woman attend her husband's funeral, even though she was still in hospital.

Her husband was killed, and she and their three children were critically injured following an accident between their bakkie and a truck.

"The lady was recovering in hospital when the man's funeral was held," ER24 spokesperson Chitra Bodasing said.

"The ER24 Potch crew volunteered to take her to the funeral and return her to hospital. The collision not only shocked the community, but brought them together to help where possible."

Following their act of compassion a number of businesses and individuals started a project called Potch Cares. Because of this the paramedics were honoured as "unsung heroes" this year.


ER24 Potchefstroom branch manager Gavin Edwards said his crew was humbled.

“We don’t really see ourselves as heroes. We enjoy being close to the community. We enjoy doing what we do."

Helping people and making a difference was part of the crews’ passion, he added.

The Potch crew was painting road markings, helping community police forums with patrols, raising awareness of health issues, and making donations to worthy causes.

"The team is a little shocked, however thrilled that their efforts, big and small, are appreciated. We are extremely grateful and thank all involved," said Edwards.

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