Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Bombshell for Volunteers; Couple Dropped after 30 Years' Service

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Bombshell for Volunteers; Couple Dropped after 30 Years' Service

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Byline: Mackenzie Colahan

AFTER three decades of loyal service to the Monto community, St John Ambulance volunteers Col and Claire Harris have been told their services are no longer required.

The heartbroken Harrises were given just three weeks' notice.

Col began his career as an ambulance officer in 1962 and has devoted his life to helping others.

Last week, they were blind-sided when St John representatives arrived to relieve them of the equipment they had worked tirelessly for the past 29 years to fund.

They were told to hand over their vehicles, uniforms and keys to the office, and their St John Queensland memberships were cancelled.

"We were told by headquarters that as of June 30, they were closing us down," Col said.

"We thought the higher-ups were just coming for a visit and then they dropped this bombshell on us.

"They didn't really give us a reason We're upset about it coming to an end but also at the way it was handled. …

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