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Local heroine, Val Perry retires from St John

LOCAL heroine Val Perry is retiring from ambulance duty after 16 years of volunteer service with St John in Piopio.

The story starts at a Lion’s Club meeting when Ngatai Rauputu, who was managing Te Kuiti St Johns and also a paramedic, gave a speech one evening. Inspired, Val’s husband Ken Perry –another local ambulance hero- volunteered as a first responder. After a few meetings, he asked his wife if she could come along to help him understand the medical terminology. Val had worked as a nurse before settling down and starting a family.

Val has never left St John.

Ken and Val supported each other for sixteen years together in the ambulance service.

“Being a first responder was different from a hospital setting but I enjoyed the challenge. I settled in with great ease and really enjoyed the service of helping those in need,” says Val. The two provided St John ambulance services all across our community, working everywhere between Taranaki and Hamilton. Whenever the pager went off in the middle of the night, they were dressed and ready for any emergency.

Who knows how many people owe their lives to Ken and Val’s quick thinking and quality care? Val decided to retire after having her second hip replacement. “My fitness level was not where I felt it needed to be. I will really miss the company of my fellow officers and of being a service to the community.”

Thank you Val! Your support with St John is so much appreciated by all of us.
Val will continue serving on the area committee.