Opinion

OPINION: Our paramedics should be thanked, not abused

WE OFTEN take our emergency services staff for granted.

One call and we expect them to be there.

And they are.

Rain, hail, shine, Christmas Day, public holiday or any day.

I have had to make that 000 call, when a former colleague was in a workplace accident.

He was the one who almost lost a finger but I was the one losing my cool making the call, but thanks not only to the person who answered the call but to the paramedics who attended the scene, this story had a happy ending.

Earlier this month a paramedic was brutally attacked on the Gold Coast while attending to an injured person.

Our own Central Queensland emergency services are often in the firing line, so to speak, risking their own lives to look after ours.

They are threatened, assaulted, spat at, screamed at, sworn at and generally treated like the enemy.

And all just while going about doing their daily job.

These people don't deserve to be assaulted for their troubles.

They should be thanked and congratulated.

That is why I love the story we have in today's edition on page five about Clinton McCreery.

Clinton, an Advanced Care Paramedic 2, was just three days into a new position in the Banana Shire town when he attended a traffic crash last Tuesday.

Not only did he help those on the scene at the time, he also rescued a missing dog from the same site days later.

This is just one example of the wonderful work our emergency services do.

I, for one, say thanks.

Topics:  assualt, editorial, paramedics




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