28 Dec 2008

St John mourns dedicated volunteer

11:59 am on 28 December 2008

St John Ambulance has paid tribute to a volunteer who died in a crash in northern East Cape.

Ray Barrett, 52, who was also a volunteer fire fighter, died when a fire truck rolled down a bank in Potaka, north of Gisborne, at 4pm on Saturday.

His son Tahi Barrett was also hurt in the.

Mr Barrett had served as a St John volunteer for more than nine years.

Gisborne team leader Shane Clapperton said he was respected by his colleagues and the community.

Three fire fighters were in the truck and a second officer was flown to Gisborne Hospital.

The third passenger was uninjured.

Gisborne Hospital says Mr Barrett's son, Tahi Barrett, is in a stable condition.