Changing of the crewman guard

22:13, Feb 02 2014
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Andy Cronin will leave his job as Lifesaving New Zealand club development officer in a couple of weeks to start work as a helicopter crewman on the rescue helicopter.

The Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust has farewelled one crewman from the service but welcomed another.

Andy Cronin will leave his job as Lifesaving New Zealand club development officer in a couple of weeks to start work as a helicopter crewman on the rescue helicopter.

He will take over from Phil Dwyer who left last week after 14 years on the job.

Mr Cronin, Taranaki Daily News person of the year in 2012, starts his new job on February 19, after working with the trust as a volunteer in the marine team for more than three years.

It was an exciting opportunity for him, professionally and personally, he said.

"I'm pretty passionate about the community rescue service. I've been working in the not for profit sector for a while so it's a really good progression for me."

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There was a lot of variation and he never knew what the day was going to bring, he said.

Mr Dwyer said Mr Cronin came with great skills.

"He's been trained up over the last year in the crewman's role. Having been involved with the trust already is important. And he brings a lot of other skills to the trust as well through his life saving."

Mr Dwyer was heading off to Rarotonga for a couple of years.

Taranaki Daily News