Upstanding Bridgetown resident John Jones has made more of a commitment to public service than most people could even dream of.
In 1961 Mr Jones joined the St John of God volunteer ambulance service as a bright 17-year-old.
‘‘At that age boys didn’t have an interest in community groups, however I wanted to help people,’’ he said.
‘‘The big satisfaction you get out of this work is being able to help someone who is sick or injured.’’
Next year Bridgetown will celebrate 80 years of service, for which Mr Jones is compiling historical documents for a booklet to be made available at the St John museum in Perth.
On a number of occasions throughout his ambulance service career Mr Jones said he had done ‘‘everything except deliver a baby, but I’ve come close’’.
Mr Jones is concerned about the future of volunteer emergency services as young people signing up are a rarity.
‘‘The average age of Bridgetown’s members is 56 and our youngest is in their early 30s,’’ he said.
Mr Jones is also keen to find Bridgetown’s original ambulance.
‘‘If you have information about the ambulance or any historical photographs of the service, please call me on 9761 1106.’’