Lizzie Wratten displays her 25-year service badge in front of other Clarence Valley badge recipients. They were all recognised for their service to the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter
Lizzie Wratten displays her 25-year service badge in front of other Clarence Valley badge recipients. They were all recognised for their service to the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter

Volunteers' service recognised

A JUNCTION Hill woman has been recognised for her long-term service to the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service.

At a gathering of almost 170 Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter volunteers from across northern NSW, Lizzie Wratten was presented with her quarter-century service badge.

Mrs Wratten said she was devoted to the chopper because it played an important part in saving lives in the Clarence Valley.

“My late husband Owen and I joined the original Grafton (helicopter) Supporters Group back in 1984,” Mrs Wratten said.

“It’s important that we help keep the rescue helicopter in our area and I’m happy to do my bit, whether it’s working at the Helicopter Op Shop in Grafton or whatever needs doing.”

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter general manager Kris Beavis said volunteers were essential.

Six other Clarence Valley volunteers received their 10-year service awards, while another 32 received their five-year badges.

It’s important we keep the rescue helicopter in our area.



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