‘Save of the month’ award for local paramedic

2010-11-05 00:00

FOLLOWING in his father’s footsteps and saving people’s lives has won Jack Haskins Junior the inaugural Boulder Creek “Save of the Month” award.

He risked his health to save two babies who had been stung by bees in Glenwood.

“When I arrived on scene I knew that the bees were there, but the thought of being stung quickly vanished when I considered the fact that little babies’ lives were at risk,” says Haskins.

“I learnt a lot from my father who is a member of the Pietermaritzburg Search and Rescue team,” he says.

“I grew up knowing that sometimes you just have to do the job first and worry about the consequences later.”

Haskins says he is honoured to be the first person to receive the award and he hopes that this will encourage other paramedics to excel in carrying out their duties because now there is a platform which recognises the bravery and hard work they do on a daily basis.

The training manager of Boulder Creek Spur in the Liberty Midlands Mall, Warren Barkhuizen, said the idea was motivated by the “Burst of the Month” award which had been running for a long time at Spur with the aim of promoting the good work done by police.

“We decided to honour the good work done by paramedics because they do a lot without getting any recognition for their hard work,” says Barkhuizen.

By sponsoring the award, the company is trying to establish a relationship with people who are involved in helping the community and it will make the award to paramedics every month for as long as it can.

Jack Haskins Senior said of his son: “He has made me very proud because he has the community at heart and in his field of work that is the most important virtue you ever have.”

He said his son shows commitment to saving lives, which is essential in his line of work.

Netcare911’s Jeffrey Wicks said: “We are very proud of having people of his ilk working for us. We are honoured that our members’ bravery in the line of duty has finally been recognised.”

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