Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Accolades for A[euro][approximately]old Timer'

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Accolades for A[euro][approximately]old Timer'

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RODNEY STEVENS

rodney.stevens@northernstar.com.au

WHEN the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter started flying missions from the Ballina Surf Life Saving Club in 1982, Mick Kerry was determined to be involved.

Now after 27 years with the helicopter, as both a full-time crewman and a volunteer, the service's longest-serving employee has clocked up more than 3000 flight hours.

And the keen surf lifesaver said after all those years, he is enjoying his job more than ever.

aI pestered the crew to join up, but I had to wait until I turned 18,a he said.

aI hung around the helicopter base like a bad smell until I was old enough to help out.

aI've stayed this long because I enjoy the job and the great team environment.

aAnd I still look forward to coming to work each week.a

Over the years Mr Kerry said he has seen changes in aircraft, techniques, equipment and people.

aThe early aircraft were smaller and slower,a he said. …

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