Regional police officer named QLD Hero for supporting his community
A CENTRAL Queensland police officer has been recognised as the 2020 Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Queensland Hero for his dedication to the community.
Bede Little, Senior Constable of the Ilfracombe Police Station, was named the RFDS Local Hero for the Longreach region and was today announced as the statewide winner.
His work in the community extends much further than policing due to the remote nature of his location and the struggles experienced across the region due to drought.
On one occasion Mr Little helped the pilot of a small plane which stalled mid-air.
Fortunately for the person in the aircraft, he was able to assist until the RFDS arrived.
Last year, Mr Little, along with a few key community members, organised a family fun day as a way to unite the community, boost morale and open up a conversation around mental health. Representatives of the RFDS Outback Mental Health team were invited to speak with attendees and in addition to the stalls, activities and competitions, the event raised $4000 for RFDS.
RFDS (Queensland Section) CEO Meredith Staib congratulated Mr Little on being named the 2020 RFDS Queensland Hero.
“This year’s RFDS Local Hero Award winners were an especially inspiring group of Queenslanders,” she said.
“To be judged our Queensland Hero by way of public vote is a testament to the impact which Mr Little has no doubt had on his community.
“Mr Little’s actions also clearly resonated with the wider voting public, as community members statewide learnt more about his story via the Local Hero website.”
Every year, the RFDS recognises Queenslanders who donate their time and energy to keep the Flying Doctor in the air and assisting the communities which need it the most.
Nine individuals or groups – each representing a RFDS base location – were last month named the RFDS Local Hero Award winners for 2020.
Community members were then encouraged to vote for the Queensland Hero.
“I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who voted and in doing so, took the time to acknowledge the wonderful work of our supporters,” Ms Staib said.
Mr Little will receive a $7,500 grant to give back to his community through delivery of a healthcare initiative.
The annual awards are proudly supported by Ergon Energy Retail, Seven News Queensland and Queensland Country Life.