November 21, 2017

** Australian parliament in New South Wales to look at bullying in EMS

** Fallen Oregon army medic to have stretch of highway named after her

AUSTRALIA NEWS

** New South Wales’ parliament in Australia is apparently looking into the bullying climate found in EMS. That is the word from ABC (Brigid Glanville/July 26) which said the investigation will also examine similar complaints involving police and fire. According to the news service, the inquiry is set to occur next month. NSW Ambulance, meanwhile, said it supports the inquiry.

UNITED STATES NEWS

** Transportation officials in Lakewood, Oregon are naming a stretch of highway after a US Army combat medic killed in 2008. The Lake County Examiner (Jimmy Hall/July 27) said Cpl. Jessica Ellis, 24, of Bend will be honored at a special August 4th unveiling of a sign commemorating the honor. According to the newspaper, the sign will read “Fallen Hero Memorial Highway Jessica Ellis US Army.” The sign, which was spurred by the efforts of the Oregon Heroes Foundation, will sit on Oregon 140, just west of Lakewood. Ellis died May 8, 2008 after the vehicle she was riding in struck an improvised explosive device near Baghdad, Iraq. On her second tour overseas, she had only just survived another roadside blast three weeks before. She had replaced another medic during a road clearing convoy when she was killed. Ellis, who is buried at Arlington Cemetery, was the posthumous recipient of the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

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