Life-saving service receives recognition

Apollo Bay ambulance officers, from left, Peter Biddle, Cheryl Parkin and Ian Turrell have received recognition their service to Ambulance Victoria.

Apollo Bay ambulance officers, from left, Peter Biddle, Cheryl Parkin and Ian Turrell have received recognition their service to Ambulance Victoria.

An Apollo Bay ambulance volunteer says helping save a woman’s life after her car plummeted down a 97-metre cliff stands out in his 36-year career.

Ambulance community officer Peter Biddle has received a 30-year service award from Ambulance Victoria, while fellow community officer Cheryl Parkin has received a 25-year service and mobile intensive care paramedic Ian Turrill has earned a 30-year award.

Mr Biddle said he began his training to become an ambulance community officer in 1980 and had accessed “different areas that you don’t normally go to as a normal citizen” including helicopter rescues.

But he said being part of a rescue at Cape Patton three years ago stuck in his memory.

“Ninety-seven metres she went down to the rocks in the car and they thought she was dead,” Mr Biddle said.

“I grabbed the binoculars from the local police and I leant down on the rail and I just could see her arm out of the wreck and I just watched her arm for ages and I saw a finger move and then I saw a hand move a little bit.

“Then I called out to everyone ‘she’s alive’ so we all had to get into it and get down there,” he said.

“We had to walk down a fishing track and then a chopper landed on the rocks at the bottom of the cliff and stabilised her.”

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