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Firefighter proud to be an NZNO member?

I am writing this Letter as a member of both NZNO, and the New Zealand Fire Service. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff members from Hamilton's NZNO office who stood proudly in support of the Hamilton Fire District in its time of need. (See NZNO staff honour firefighter, Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, May 2008, letters p4.)

As an emergency nurse at Waikato Hospital and a senior firefighter who happened to be also in the line of fire at the Tamahere explosion, I swelled with pride when driving down Hamilton's main street during the procession for Senior Station Officer Derek Lovell, and saw the NZNO banner. Never before have I been more proud to be a part of the two organisations. To go from being a part of the crew caught in the explosion, to a patient being cared for by my colleagues in a very dark time, has brought home to me how great a team I work with.

The professionalism, and duty of care shown to me and my critically injured Fire Service colleagues went beyond the norm. Out of such a tragic day has come so much good--starting with the coming together of our community, and then the strengthened bond between emergency services.

Once again, thank you so much to my colleagues at Waikato Hospital, NZNO, and New Zealand as a whole, for their support and thoughts.

Cameron Grylls, RN, Emergency Department Waikato Hospital, Senior firefighter, Hamilton Fire Station Red Watch
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Title Annotation:LETTERS
Author:Grylls, Cameron
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Jun 1, 2008
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