PARAMEDIC HONOURED FOR SERVICE
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.”
Zak Pitra with Assistant Commissioner Michelle Baxter