Belmont, Perth,

St John calls on nominations for Community Hero Awards

To many, Mirrabooka teenager Terry Vo (18) embodies the qualities of a hero.

Terry was playing basketball at a friend's house in 2005 when he slam-dunked the ball, bringing the hoop, brick wall and gutters crashing down onto him. In a medical first, Terry’s hands were successfully reattached, but his foot was later amputated.

Several years on, Terry’s incredible journey back to health and his inner strength and positive attitude continues to inspire others.

But in Terry’s eyes, the first aiders, ambulance volunteers and paramedics who take charge when others can’t and save lives, who are the real heroes.The ambassador of this year’s St John Ambulance Community Hero Award, Terry, said: “What happened to me could have happened to anyone.”

“But when someone willingly helps another and puts that person’s wellbeing above their own, that is truly heroic.”

“I probably wouldn’t be here today without the intervention of family who gave me first aid and the paramedics who came to help me.”

St John Chief Executive Officer Tony Ahern said the Community Hero Awards acknowledged individuals who had shown selflessness and courage to save the life of another.

“Saving a life through decisive and fast action is incredibly heroic,” he said.

Mr Ahern said St John recognised that members of the community could often assist preventing death or serious injury and the awards acknowledged these individuals.

“The winners will be recognised for an act deemed by the judging panel to be selfless, courageous and which provided a significant benefit to the member of the community being aided,” Mr Ahern said.

A judging panel made up of representatives from media, emergency and health services will assess the nominations and the awards will be announced at an event in November.

  • Nomination forms and rules of entry are available from
  • To be eligible for the awards, the acts must be carried out between November 2012 and October 2013 (inclusive).
  • Nominations close on October 11, 2013.
  • The awards are divided into two categories: Community and Service.
  • The Community category is open to members of the public and the service category is for St John paid staff and volunteers.
  • The judging panel will be made up of trusted, experienced professionals from organisations such as Royal Perth Hospital, Community Newspaper Group, The West Australian and Today Tonight.

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