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Prestigious Service Award Received by NSW Latter-day Saint Paramedic


Paul Vowels, a paramedic with NSW Ambulance, and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, recently won the prestigious Ambulance Officer of the Year award given for his outstanding service at the Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards.

Paul has been dedicated to serving others in his role as a paramedic.  He served the community not only in his present location at Beresfield in the Hunter Valley, but also in Boggabri in the far western part of the state. Paul recalled one of his most lasting memories which came in the Newcastle region when he was called to render aid a young girl.  Due to his caring service to the young girl, Paul was one of the first people she asked for after undergoing surgery.

In 2015, Paul also reached out to serve those in his community in other ways beyond his skills as a paramedic. In that year, he took part in the Great Cycle Challenge, successfully raising more than $10,000 for Kids with Cancer.  Paul returned the next year, in 2016, and raised another $7,000 for the same worthy cause. He also came up with a different idea of creating a “Mini Men’s Shed” to help elderly people in the community so they could get through their day.

Currently Paul Vowels serves as the Elders Quorum President for the Toronto Ward (congregation) in the Gosford Australia Stake (diocese). Paul explained that, “My experiences as an ambulance officer and my church calling as the Elders Quorum President work hand-in-hand with my desire to minister unto others as Jesus Christ did during his ministry.”

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