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Slider BizDirectBravery citation for Stroud Paramedic

Stroud paramedic Bill Rathbone has received a citation of courage after he and nine other paramedics went to the aid of two injured people in a truck accident north of Gloucester in February last year.

Two semi-trailers went over the edge of the Thunderbolts Way near Giro on February 5, 2014, which resulted in the death of one of the drivers.

Paramedic Rathbone said the first on the scene was an off-duty doctor and paramedic.

“It was nearly an hour before we got there and they provided the initial treatment,” he said.

“It wasn’t just me who was involved in the rescue, there was fellow officer Ben Lucock who has since moved to the Newcastle station and Chris Rose and Robert Fitzgerald from Gloucester.

“Police, firies and SES were also on the scene and they assisted in the rescue too.

“Nothing anyone of us did was anything special . . . it’s what we do, it’s our job.”

Bill has been a paramedic for 16 years, with the last six at the Stroud station.

Six other paramedics involved in the rescue also received bravery citations.

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Lopped locks for cancer wigs

Two young Stroud girls and their mum will have their extremely long hair cut on Thursday and will donate it to be made into wigs.

Lana Rees, her sister Lacie and mum Melinda Bowden all have hair down to their hips.

While seven-year-old Lana has had a couple of trims, Lacie, five, has not had her hair cut at all.

“I have been growing my hair for four years and decided it was time to get it cut,” Melinda said.

“I knew all about Pantene beautiful lengths who ask for donated hair so it can be made into wigs for people who have lost their locks through treatment.

“I think it is a wonderful idea as I have an aunt who has had cancer.

“It has now come back and is terminal and I think it would be a waste to have all your hair cut off and thrown away.

“Lana hates having her hair brushed and when I told her I was getting mine cut and donating it, she decided to do it as well.”

In September 2012, Pantene Beautiful Lengths was launched in Australia and New Zealand in partnership with the charity Look Good…Feel Better.

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