Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Adventure Comes Next

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Adventure Comes Next

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Byline: Sean Teuma

WHEN retirement strikes, you're entitled to put your feet up but that isn't for Kevin Youlden.

After 38 years in the industry, the former paramedic and current patient transport officer is calling time on his career but not on living a full life.

Mr Youlden already has plans after his final day at work next week, with a trip to Spain on the cards.

Among his adventures have been a trip to the Mt Everest base camp and the Camino de Santiago.

"I've been filling the bucket list for a few years now," he said.

"I want to pack in as much as I can."

Mr Youlden's decorated career with the Queensland Ambulance Service came about by chance.

"I was in between jobs after working for the Commonwealth in the Department of Primary Industries," he said.

"Then I went into cleaning and the company had the contract with the ambulance. A friend said to put my hand up, so I put in a CV."

Mr Youlden began his involvement as a student paramedic in 1980 in Melbourne, where he would stay until 1989 when he moved to the Gold Coast, before he made the move to the Rose City in late 2008. …

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