Gratitude in order
“THE thing I remember was all the Christmas presents strewn around the car as we attended to the driver. He was driving up to see his grandkids and rolled the car in the rain at Mowbray.”
A Port Douglas ambulance officer remembers the ghosts of Christmas past.
Fortunately the grandfather was not badly off and survived the incident.
“I remember last Christmas, we’d just eaten a huge meal at the station when we got a call to attend a medical emergency.
“A gentleman was having chest pains. When we got there we worked on him for a long time but we couldn’t save him. He had just got married.”
In this issue we look at how some locals are spending Christmas. Whether their plans are exciting or simply for a quiet time, it doesn’t matter. Christmas works just as well if you’re having a quiet time at home with people you’re close to.
But the paramedics’ stories of being on duty at Christmas – and these stories have their counterparts of course for police, firies and other emergency service people – are a reminder that not everyone gets to have the kind of Christmas they may be longing for.
Last week a hamper of goods was dropped off to Port Douglas Ambulance Station. The officer on duty asked the donor why, “have we treated you?” No, they hadn’t. This good soul was just thinking of them and trying to give something back, something for the long hours, the odd hours, the constant living with the unexpected, the commitment and service, and for the awful things that haunt their memory.
WHERE did the year go? The next Gazette will appear on January 12. We wish everyone the best compliments of the season and look forward to seeing you in 2017. Merry Christmas and happy New Year