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Injured helicopter crewman supports Westpac chopper appeal

SGT Stevin Creeggan in Palmerston North Hospital
SGT Stevin Creeggan in Palmerston North Hospital. (WN10-0004-096)

21 May 2010

Sergeant Stevin Creeggan, the Air Force helicopter crewman who was injured in the Anzac Day Iroquois accident, is lending his support to the Westpac Rescue Chopper Appeal.

After the Iroquois crash at Pukerua Bay near Wellington on Anzac Day, it was the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service that winched Stevin to safety.

“I have always been aware of the service that the Westpac Rescue Helicopters provide. However, it became more personal for me this Anzac Day,” he said.

“The professionalism demonstrated by the crew was incredible, from the pilot who hovered above me, to the crewman who was able to see the facial injuries that I had incurred.

“They showed constant professionalism even during the winching to get me to safety as quickly and safely as possible, and since the accident Dave Greenberg (the crewman) and I have become good friends.

”For me, it was a new experience, something I hope will never happen again, but for Dave and the rest of the crew of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, it is an everyday thing.

“Whether it is a car accident, or, in my case a helicopter crash, they are the ones who see the trauma first-hand. I encourage everyone to support the Westpac Rescue Chopper Appeal, as you never know when you or your loved ones will need them,” said SGT Creeggan.

SGT Creeggan sustained significant injuries from the Anzac Day accident. Following acute care at Wellington Hospital, Stevin is now participating in an individualised inpatient rehabilitation programme at Palmerston North’s Star 3 Rehabilitation unit and continues to make excellent progress with his personal rehabilitation goals. 

As Stevin continues with his care and treatment he remains unavailable for comment.

ENDS

For more information please contact Squadron Leader Kavae Tamariki on 021 420 8

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