Keith Smith was one of two Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) officers that are award recipients on the 2014 Australia Day Honours List.
Keith Smith and Lachlan Parker (Brisbane) have received the Ambulance Service Medal, which recognises distinguished and outstanding service by the men and women of Australia’s ambulance organisations.
Keith Smith joined the Queensland Ambulance Transport Brigade (QATB) in 1957 as an Honorary Officer at Proston and commenced permanent employment in 1961 at Murgon as a Driver Bearer.
Prior to his current appointment as Patient Transport Officer at the Buderim Ambulance Station, Mr Smith has undertaken several roles within the QATB and Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) including Paramedic, Officer-in-Charge and Superintendent.
Mr Smith’s more than 50 years of distinguished service have been marked by outstanding dedication to his patients and as a professional representative of the QAS.
Over the years Mr Smith has been awarded several honours, including the Distinguished Service Medal and Patient Transport Officer of the Year in 2004, the Queensland Ambulance Service Long Service Medal and the National Medal.
QAS Acting Commissioner David Eeles congratulated Mr Parker and Mr Smith on their awards, which he said recognised two Queenslanders who have made a significant difference to their communities.
“Lachlan and Keith are very deserving of these awards as they have represented the QAS with distinction and are highly respected amongst their peers for their professionalism and commitment.”