Plaque honoring Australian medic who died in the line of duty stolen for 2nd time
The plaque commemorating New South Wales Paramedic Michael Wilson, who died while rescuing a man from a canyon in 2011, was previously stolen in 2016
By Laura French
AUSTRALIA — A memorial plaque honoring an Australian paramedic who died in the line of duty in 2011 has been stolen for a second time.
New South Wales (NSW) Ambulance Paramedic Michael "Mick" Wilson, who was a member of the ambulance service's Special Casualty Access Team, died on Christmas Eve nine years ago after falling while helping lift a man from a canyon to a rescue helicopter, according to ABC Illawarra. The man who was rescued survived.
NSW Ambulance announced on Saturday that Wilson's memorial plaque that was installed at Bridal Veil Falls in New South Wales has gone missing for the second time in five years.
"In what can only be described as the lowest acts the bronze plaque honouring the life and the sacrifice of our much loved colleague Mick Wilson has been stolen," the service wrote on Facebook.
"Mick Wilson was a legend who paid the ultimate price while serving our community," said NSW Ambulance Commissioner Dr. Dominic Morgan in a statement. "This is an appalling act of complete disrespect to his memory, his family and his colleagues who continue to mourn his loss every day."
The plaque was previously stolen in 2016 and was replaced. The agency says immediate plans are underway to replace the plaque again.