Just like a modern-day superhero Kevin Jones too has a uniform he wears when helping someone in need – in fact, he has two. Unlike Batman and Superman, however, Jones’ capes come in the form of a paramedic’s and police uniform.
It was because of these roles that he performs as well as his dedication and commitment to the non-profit organisation (NPO), Community Medics, that he was recognised by the City of Cape Town as a CT Hero on Thursday last week. The news was shared on the City’s Facebook page.
The recognition is something Jones, founder of Community Medics, says he is extremely proud of.
“I was nominated by a person unknown to me for the role I play in serving Community Medics and all of its volunteers, as well as the other community-based organisations that I am involved in,” Jones says.
Community Medics provides free emergency medical response to those in need.
“Although I am humbled by the nomination, the true heroes are my 70 volunteers that make themselves available at very short notice, come rain or shine, day or night – people who will leave their families on immediate notice to go and assist someone in need.
“I would have been happier if I was accepting this nomination on the organisation’s behalf, and not for myself,” Jones adds.
Community Medics has grown from having only two volunteers in 2007 to over 50 volunteers all registered by the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
The volunteers’ qualifications range from basic to intermediate and advanced life support which include registered nurses and two doctors who specialise in emergency medicine.
The services cover Hout Bay, Camps Bay, and the City Bowl areas along the Atlantic Seaboard, the Milnerton, Table View and Melkbosstrand areas as well as Rondbosch right through to Tokai.
His full time career is with the department of health’s forensic pathology services where he works as the regional manager for the Metro District.
This comes after a career in the police’s detectives services for 30 years.
Apart from being the chief executive of Community Medics and head reservist with the rank of Captain at the Table View Police, he is also a member of the Table View Neighbourhood Watch and serves as a street manager for the area in which he resides.
Jones sometimes work as a stand-in radio host on the safety and security show on One FM 94.0 and also serves on the management advisory committee of the Wilderness Search and Rescue organisation.
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