PARA­MEDIC HON­OURED FOR SER­VICE

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Scott Tib­balls

PORT Dou­glas Ad­vanced Care Para­medic Zak Pi­tra has been hon­oured for more than a decade of ser­vice to the Queens­land com­mu­nity.

It was a de­sire to help the com­mu­nity that led to him be­com­ing a para­medic.

Zak has plenty of sto­ries to tell of his time as a para­medic.

“There was a nice thing af­ter I at­tended to a pa­tient in Card­well. I opened up the front door (the next morn­ing) af­ter I treated a male for chest pain ... and it was like a bar­rage of boxes of ba­nanas and co­conuts and you name it ev­ery sin­gle fruit I could think of.

“In Cairns we went to a car ac­ci­dent and a woman was trapped in a ve­hi­cle. We got her free and then we got a fright be­cause a dog popped out of the boot as we were in­side.

“It must have been un­con­scious af­ter the crash, and then it woke up and scared the liv­ing day­lights out of me be­cause this big white furry thing just popped its head out from the boot and jumped out.

“There’s al­ways some­thing dif­fer­ent – it’s chal­leng­ing.”

Pic­ture: SCOTT TIB­BALLS

Zak Pi­tra with As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Michelle Bax­ter

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