Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Local Ambo Calls It a Day

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Local Ambo Calls It a Day

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Byline: Marnie Johnston marnie.johnston@northernstar.com.au

A NORTHERN Rivers man, who has spent 42 years saving lives, worked his final shift as a paramedic at Lismore Ambulance Station yesterday.

Col Benstead was a little misty-eyed as he farewelled his colleagues after finishing his final night shift and hanging up his blue uniform to step into retirement.

Having worked in Sydney, Kingscliff, Tweed, Newcastle and finally Lismore, Mr Benstead said being a long-time paramedic had been a hard but very rewarding career, and one he would miss.

"It's been challenging, but rewarding, and it's very dynamic," he said.

"You've got to have a poker face. It can be extremely challenging to (keep calm). Sometimes you just want to throw your hands up in the air, but you've got your training and experience and you rely on that."

After working in nursing for seven years, Mr Benstead switched to being a paramedic, working both in road ambulances and in helicopters for 34 years. …

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