Contribution awarded

HONOURED: Stephen Cope will receive a Member of the Order of St John award for his  service to the organisation.
HONOURED: Stephen Cope will receive a Member of the Order of St John award for his service to the organisation.

Going above and beyond the emergency calls of duty has earned Stephen Cope and Gaylene Flewellyn Membership of the Order of St John.

The pair will be recognised alongside 11 others from around Auckland for their outstanding contribution to communities in the annual St John Honours list.

Awards are given on merit to the candidates who stand out from their peers and will be presented by the Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae in an investiture ceremony next year.

Red Beach resident Mr Cope is the manager of the Patient Transfer Service.

He has been influential in the upgrading and development designs of two key vehicles within the organisation, the bariatric transport ambulance and the PTS vehicles.

"His enthusiasm and professional dedication and management of the service has enhanced our relationships with the district health boards and in particular Starship Children's Hospital," St John Northern Region general manager Gary Salmon says.

"He continues to give well above and beyond what is required of him."

Mr Cope joined the service in 2000 as a full time patient transfer officer and quickly transferred to full time ambulance officer in 2001.

He became the ambulance team leader at Silverdale station in 2006 for three years and contributed as an active volunteer member of the Hibiscus Coast area committee for the past year. Mr Cope also volunteered as a Caring Caller.

In 2009 he was appointed as the PTS manager for Auckland and is responsible for 33 staff.

Mrs Flewellyn has volunteered for 12 years at the Warkworth station and has attended several shifts a week, in addition to being involved in local ambulance events.

"Gaye also helps to run the social events for volunteers and staff at the station," Mr Salmon says.

Mrs Flewellyn attained the qualification of ambulance officer and has supported new volunteers with studies.

"Each year she has helped to raise thousands of dollars for St John. It is her willingness to be available during the week which enables St John to double crew the Warkworth ambulance."

Rodney Times