Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Christmas Greetings

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Christmas Greetings

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Queensland Fire and Rescue Service

Toowoomba station officer Neil Goodman

TOOWOOMBA firefighter Neil Goodman is looking forward to taking a break from his busy job and catching up with family and friends at Christmas.

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service station officer-in-charge said he loved the look on his childrenas faces on Christmas Day.

aWe are packing up the four children and heading for Injune for four days to my wifeas older sisteras place as my wifeas younger sister is coming over this year with her family from Kalgoorlie, Western Australia,a he said.

aI enjoy the opportunity and time to catch up with the family and friends that you may have seen through the year, but were too busy to stop, talk and listen.

aItas a time to enjoy all those good things and opportunities that arose during the year and will arise next year.a

Toowoomba Policeas acting Chief Superintendent Matthew Vanderbyl

POLICE Acting Chief Superintendent Matthew Vanderbyl enjoys the goodwill he sees in the community at Christmas.

Supt Vanderbyl said he was looking forward to spending Christmas Day with his family.

aWhilst I am fortunate enough to spend Christmas with family this year, I ask everyone to spare a thought for those emergency services workers, police, fire and ambulance who are out there working every Christmas and often dealing with road trauma, domestic violence or mental health-related issues,a he said.

aChristmas is a time to enjoy and reflect on the importance of family, and the role it plays in making our lives richer and more meaningful.

aItas a time when people seem to be more tolerant towards each other and show genuine goodwill, and I always wonder what our world would be like if we could replicate that for the whole year, not just the Christmas season.a

Queensland Ambulance Service Toowoomba station acting officer-in-charge John Cameron

TOOWOOMBA paramedic John Cameron sees a lot of tragedy on the job and uses Christmas as a reminder to appreciate his life. …

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