ONE of the bombs was planted right near the doorway where fire-fighter Trevor Kidd was standing.
The Shark Night Club explosion in Rockhampton in 1989 was the most frightening situation Mr Kidd faced in his career.
The 61-year-old North Rockhampton station officer hangs up his hat and boots at 8am today when he officially retires after 40 years in the service.
And what a rewarding way to end his career.
Mr Kidd was yesterday recognised for his efforts when he received a Training Award at the Central Region Australia Day Awards ceremony in Rockhampton.
Looking back, Mr Kidd reflected on the terrifying nightclub explosion where he was thrown onto the footpath by the force of the blast.
“One of the bombs was planted on the side doorway. It blew me out onto the footpath. It was scary at the time. I ended up in hospital for 12 weeks with spinal, muscle and bone injuries,” Mr Kidd said.
A police officer was also badly hurt during the explosion.
“It was one of the biggest risks I’ve faced in my career,” Mr Kidd said.
He said his most notable achievement was surviving for 40 years, reaching the rank of an officer and making lifelong friends.
“The rural and auxiliaries are the real heroes of the day, the work they do is outstanding,” he said.
Three of the biggest events in his career were the 1991 floods, the 2009 fires and the recent flood crisis.
Mr Kidd said one thing he wouldn’t miss about his job was the road trauma.
He has everything a bloke needs to retire – a large family, two grandchildren, a car, boat and caravan.
“My grandchildren live next door.
“It will be a new chapter in my life,” Mr Kidd said.