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Local teen receives community hero award

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A local teenager will be honoured today for her quick thinking during an emergency situation last year.

Gemma Hanrahan was herding cattle with her dog on her family’s farm in Navigators when a spooked cow knocked her dad to the ground.

Dominic was unconscious for five minutes and experienced a seizure, with the stunned 14 year old calling Triple Zero.

With the ambulance on the way, Gemma then rounded up the rest of the cows, secured the family dog, and ensured the area was safe for the attending paramedics.

Today, she is one of eleven recipients of the annual Ambulance Victoria Community Hero Awards.

Now in its 20th year, the awards recognise individuals who don’t hesitate to help in emergency situations.

“These are ordinary people who have done something extra-ordinary,” Ambulance Victoria CEO, Associate Professor Tony Walker said.

“The reality is that members of the public are often at the scene before paramedics arrive and their actions in those crucial early minutes can be the difference between a positive outcome and a poor one.”

Gemma will receive a medal in the official ceremony at Southbank this morning.

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