Belmont, Perth,

Statement from Odile Ackerman

The following is a statement issued on behalf of Odile Ackerman, wife of paramedic Wesley Ackerman who was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident on Monday, 10 October 2016.


“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in working together to securing the best possible outcome for Wesley and our family.

From Wesley’s colleagues who were on scene, the hospital staff, all the staff and their families of St John Ambulance WA who have worked tirelessly by providing comfort, support and genuine care towards our family, I am at a loss for words to even begin to express my gratitude.

I want to also mention a special thanks to the parents and staff of St Maria Goretti’s Catholic School whose support and care has been difficult to accept but greatly appreciated.

The offer of services, cooked meals and financial assistance has been unbelievable.

The support that we have experienced from emergency medical services worldwide has been humbling and overwhelming and I have thought at times that we are not deserving of such attention.

I am looking forward to being able to tell Wesley when he wakes up about all this and he will not be able comprehend it either. We will take one day at a time and we know that we have a long road ahead of us in terms of Wesley’s recovery and appreciate that everyone has respected our need for privacy during this difficult time.“














Caption for photo: Paramedic Wesley Ackerman and Station Manager Bryan Coetzee.