Clive Fordham, has been awarded the Ambulance Service Medal for his 41 year dedication and loyalty to the South Australian Ambulance Service.
The ambulance officer who resides in Gladstone has been serving since 1976 when he decided to do a basic first aid course as he had a young and growing family.
It was not too long after the course that he was offered to join and he has not looked back since.
He spent 20 years working in Mallala as a team leader and training officer and it was in his time there that be built up a strong volunteer team of 25 members and increased the fleet to two vehicles.
He later moved to Warooka and Hamley Bridge, and now to Gladstone where he has been for eight years and counting.
Mr Fordham received the medal on April 5 at Government House, but in his humble approach, he believes there are much more worthy recipients than himself.
“I am quite proud to receive it but I am also look at it that there are plenty of others that I have known in those 41 years that probably deserved it and didn’t get it.”
Clive was chosen out of an excess of 300 other nominees and his award was celebrated on Wednesday April 11, where he and his friends and family came together to recognise how valued he is in the Gladstone community.
“It was great to see a whole lot of people that I hadn’t seen in a long time. There was probably 60 there. I also told a few stories”, Mr Fordham said.
Clive’s passion for serving has stemmed from the comradery he has with the other ambulance officers.
“I have enjoyed the comradery among volunteers and they become your best friends as well. You have to rely on them”
He says he is also satisfied by helping people in the community because if it weren’t for his team, many would have to wait for an ambulance from Pirie.
“Small communities like Gladstone, if we didn’t do it then you would have to wait for an ambulance from Pirie.”
Clive works over Crystal Brook, Yakka, Melrose and Pirie and has given a lot of his own time to his work.