St John welcome new personnel

19:57, Sep 01 2014
timaru st john new staff angeline king karen milner ian murphy
FIRST DAY: Angeline King, left, Karen Milner, and Ian Murphy joined the South Canterbury wing of St John yesterday.

It's three for the price of two new St John officers in Temuka.

Karen Milner came from Balclutha and Ian Murphy came from Taupo for the two newly-created paid positions at St John Temuka.

However Murphy also brought with him his partner Angeline King, who gave up her job as a paid ambulance officer in Taupo to follow her heart.

"He's pretty special, so I gave up my job to move down here with him," she said.

King will join the ranks of volunteers at St John in South Canterbury, and will return to her former profession as a teacher.

Both Murphy and Milner have been with St John for the past 14 years, both starting as volunteers before becoming fulltime paid workers.


"It's a job where 90-95 per cent of people begin as volunteers," Murphy said.

Murphy made the move south because he believed change was a good thing. "It keeps up the excitement of a job."

However, it is a job he is easily excited about.

"I never know what each day is going to bring. That's why we take on this role, we have no idea what will or won't come up, you can never predict it," he said.

It was always Milner's goal to become fulltime, something she achieved a year ago in Balclutha.

"I am looking forward to the opportunity of making the move to Temuka," she said.

Milner is currently working towards a degree to help with her skills of being a paramedic, through distance learning at Whitireia in Wellington.

Each day she enjoys the upskilling and learning.

"You get a few days to trial it out first before you take it on.

"So if you aren't into needles or guts and gory stuff then you can say so then. I knew it was for me right from the beginning."

The Timaru Herald