SCAT paramedic Michael Wilson, who died on Christmas Eve last year was recognised for his heroism in the recent Pride of Australia awards for 2012. Michael’s wife Kellie accepted the award on his behalf.
Paramedics Australasia is pleased to see that Michael Wilson was acknowledged with this national award that celebrates some of the champions in our society. Michael was a hero and gave his life while saving another.
HEROISM – MICHAEL WILSON
ONE of the state’s most-skilled SCAT paramedics, Michael died on Christmas Eve during the rescue of an injured canyoner near Carrington Falls, south of Sydney. He was lowered into the canyon and secured the man in the basket before preparing himself and the man to be winched back to the helicopter. As they left the ground, Michael and the basket were thrown against the rocks violently. He placed himself between his patient and the rock wall, sustaining severe injuries. The man was lifted to safety but Michael could not be winched up. His line was cut and he died at the scene.
More detail about these awards and other award recipients can be found HERE.