St John thanks long serving volunteers

John Field’s Ultra Long Service medal recognises 50 years of continuous service.

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Catherine Smith receives her medal from Mike McAulay. 

Awards recognising long service with the St John ambulance service were presented in Silverdale on November 14.

St John Silverdale hosted the North Auckland Service Awards, and representatives of the local St John as well as Warkworth and Helensville units attended.

Service medals have been presented since 1898, recognising 10 years or more with the voluntary organisation.

The medals, presented by Waitemata Territory manager Mike McAulay, went to a number of local recipients including Yvonne Cox (20 years’ service), Pauline Scott (15 years’ service) and Judith Marsden (10 years’ service). Catherine Smith, well known in the area for her work as chief executive of Rodney Age Concern, is also a stalwart of St John and received her medal for 10 years’ service.

The longest-serving is William John Field of Stanmore Bay (known as John). He received his Ultra Long Service medal recognising 50 years’ service in July (HM August 5) by mail because of lockdown, but had it officially handed over at the November 14 award ceremony.

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