Yeppoon devastated by road crash deaths
By EVAN SCHWARTEN firstname.lastname@example.org
YEPPOON residents were left in a state of shock yesterday as news hit of the tragic passing of popular paramedic Zac Leto and his three-year-old daughter Ashley.
The 48-year-old "good bloke'' and his daughter were killed in a car accident at Federal, near Cooroy, on Wednesday.
Mr Leto's wife Louise survived the crash and was last night in a stable condition in Nambour Hospital's Intensive Care Unit.
Yeppoon Ambulance Station officers yesterday laid flowers beside Mr Leto's locker while the flag outside the station was lowered to half mast as they remembered their colleague and friend.
"There is an empty feeling in the station right now. It's a hole in all our hearts,'' officer-in-charge Warren Kellett said.
"He was just a really good bloke.''
Mr Kellett said Mr Leto was very dedicated to his job and his family.
"Ashley and Louise were his world.''
He described Mr Leto as a good bloke with a sense of humour who was very well liked. "Everyone took the micky out of Zac but he always gave it back just as much.''
Mr Leto started his career as an honorary ambulance officer at Yeppoon in 1993, later serving in Rockhampton and Emerald before returning to Yeppoon station three months ago.
He trained to become an intensive care paramedic, the highest skill level available for an ambulance officer in Australia.
Mr Kellett said Mr Leto was always there to help others.
"His house was a home away from home for a lot of ambos.
"If people didn't know him personally they would know someone who knew him.''
Both Mr Kellett and Queensland Ambulance Service Commissioner Jim Higgins said the thoughts of officers were with Mr Leto's family.