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Balmoral mum inspires family to give back

May 12, 2024 | in News

91论坛 (AV) is celebrating its remarkable mums this Mother鈥檚 Day and acknowledge the impressive contributions they鈥檙e making to their communities and their families.

Balmoral mum Bev Cumerford has always been a role model for her children, so when she decided to sign up as an Ambulance Community Officer (ACO) in the state鈥檚 south-west, it wasn鈥檛 long until her daughters Samantha and Kylee followed suit.

Three smiling female paramedics standing in front of an ambulance.

(L-R): Samatha Cumerford, Kylee Cumerford and Bev Cumerford.

When they鈥檙e not responding to the community鈥檚 health needs, the family run the Balmoral Caf茅 and Caravan Park.

鈥淲e鈥檙e obviously very close because we live and work together,鈥 Bev said.

鈥淏ut when we pull on those AV uniforms it鈥檚 different, we鈥檙e teammates and I鈥檓 not mum anymore.鈥

Bev said she joined the Balmoral ACO team because there was a need within the community.

鈥淚t鈥檚 very rewarding and a privilege to be there for people at their time of need,鈥 Bev said.

鈥淚t can be very challenging due to the nature of the work, but that鈥檚 one good thing about us living together, you come home after a job, and we can debrief about everything that went on which is very important.鈥

Three female paramedics are out of uniform and standing behind the counter of a food establishment.

L-R: Kylee, Bev and Samantha

ACOs are first responders, employed by 91论坛 on a casual basis to work on call in rural and regional communities.

Southern Grampians Paramedic Community Support Coordinator Ed Crimmins said it would be hard to find more dedicated community members than the Cumerford鈥檚.

鈥淭hey鈥檙e so passionate about their town and are always willing to step-up and help if there鈥檚 someone in need,鈥 Mr Crimmins said.

鈥淏ecause of the town鈥檚 remote location, the work of the ACO team is highly critical for the community鈥檚 health needs.鈥

Samantha said the family would spending Mother鈥檚 Day doing what they always best, working.

鈥淲e always get a little gift for mum but we鈥檒l likely be very busy that day as other people come in to the cafe to celebrate their mums,鈥 she said.

Three female paramedics smiling and standing outside the porch of a cabin with trees in autumn colours in the background.

L-R: Samantha, Kylee and Bev.

Samantha said becoming an ACO had been a life-changing experience.

鈥淚 feel very proud of the work I do as an ACO,鈥 she said.

鈥淓very case we attend, you know you鈥檝e made some difference.鈥

She said the family makes a strong team, no matter which environment.

鈥淭he job is different but working together to get things done, that鈥檚 not different,鈥 Samantha said.

Bev admits she can鈥檛 help but worry a little when Samatha and Kylee are on shift together.

鈥淲atching them go off makes me extremely proud, but I do always sit here and just hope they鈥檙e ok until they get home,鈥濃 Bev said.

鈥淣o matter how old they are, that never changes as a mum.鈥