Mike Holden has had a relationship with Heathcote for 30 years and is now a step closer to being a ''local''.GRAHAM WILLIS June 11, 2014 3:20am
Mike Holden is delighted to be appointed station officer at Heathcote Ambulance Station.
Having played football for Heathcote from 1984 to 1989 and done relieving paramedic duties at the station since the 90s, Mr Holden feels right at home in his new position.
‘‘I have a pretty good knowledge of the area and it’s fantastic to be part of a terrific community like Heathcote,’’ he said.
Recently Mr Holden was presented with his 25-year long service award and his safe driving award at a ceremony in Bendigo.
‘‘It is nice to be recognised by your peers for doing a good job so I was thrilled,’’ he said.
Ambulance Victoria chief executive Greg Sassella said the presentations were a great opportunity to recognise the extraordinary staff efforts.
‘‘Every day we help people throughout the state at times of their greatest need and this is an opportunity to thank our skilled and professional paramedics for their dedication and hard work,’’ he said.
Mr Holden has a strong working relationship with other local emergency service bodies and Heathcote Health.
He is looking forward to building relationships with the wider community over the next few months.
‘‘I am keen to make the community aware that our service is here 24/7 and we are eager to ensure we provide the service the community has come to expect,’’ he said.
Mr Holden’s wife Liz and school-aged daughters McKenzie and Jordan will join him at the station later in the year and the whole family is looking forward to getting involved in the community.
Mr Holden has a keen interest in fishing and is a very competitive tennis player. He hopes to develop both interests in Heathcote.
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