VIDEO: Our ambulance heroes rewarded for decades of service
CRITICAL care paramedic Darrell Searle has been saving lives for more than three decades but has only just allowed his efforts to be recognised.
He picked up five medals and clasps outstanding to him at Thursday's Wide Bay Local Ambulance Service Network awards at Pialba Memorial Hall.
The respected Fraser Coast paramedic said he had not been able to collect his stash previously because of time constraints.
"You tend to be humble as a paramedic, but these (medals and clasps) will definitely be displayed prominently at home if my wife and daughters have anything to do with it," he laughed.
As well as receiving long service medals marking each 10 years worth of service clocked up, Darrell also received a national medal and two national clasps.
He began his work with the Queensland Ambulance Service as a youth aged 16 and he says he still loves the job.
"I wouldn't miss a day and I do it out of a sense of duty."
About 20 Wide Bay people involved with the QAS were awarded for their efforts.
Biggenden's volunteer Local Ambulance Committee members Barbara Sharps, John Hoyes and Julie Cooper along with Gin Gin's Geoff O'Hanlon couldn't wipe the smiles off their faces for the recognition.
"We provide creature comforts for our hard working ambos when they are off duty," Geoff said.
"It's a worthwhile thing... and we derive great satisfaction from doing this."