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Honour for Peter ‘Ankles’ Annetts

This December, HSU member and paramedic, Peter ‘Ankles’ Annetts was awarded a posthumous meritorious service medal – a medal which was richly deserved.

Peter started work at NSW Ambulance in 1978 at the age of 22, for what would be a lifetime of service spanning 38 years.

An active HSU member and workplace leader, Ankles is remembered as a larrikin who firmly believed in fairness and justice in the workplace.

Till the end, Ankles never stopped fighting for a better go for his fellow paramedics. In 2017, he was deservedly nominated for Life Membership to the HSU.

Unfortunately, he was not well enough to travel to the HSU Conference to receive the award, so HSU Secretary Gerard Hayes made the trip to his bedside to present the award alongside his colleagues.

Gerard was humbled to be able to speak to ‘Ankles’ long career and lifelong union membership at the award ceremony this month, having served by his side in Kings Cross during the heroin crisis of the early 90s.

Ankles continues to be remembered as a man of immense energy, character and warmth.

HSU members honour his memory by continuing to fight for the values he held dear: activism, fairness and justice at work.