Voluntary work beckons for David Gawne after deciding to retire as a paramedic.CHLOE WARBURTON March 8, 2014 5:25am
Career of memorable moments: Paramedic David Gawne is retiring after 34 years of work in Shepparton.
David Gawne has helped thousands of people across the Shepparton region in almost 35 years of working as a paramedic.
Mr Gawne has decided it is time to hang up his paramedic uniform and retire and was presented with a medal from Ambulance Victoria on Thursday.
Becoming a paramedic in January 1980 was a career change after working in local government and as a born and bred Shepparton resident, Mr Gawne took the opportunity to stay in his community.
‘‘It was a career change and it was about a future for my family,’’ he said.
‘‘People see you as being helpful in the community. You do your best and you’re trained to a high standard and you’re looking for the best outcome for your patient.’’
In more than three decades, Mr Gawne has seen the changes in paramedic services and education, as well as being involved some of the most powerful moments of people’s lives.
‘‘There’s been a lot of memorable moments — I’ve brought seven babies into this world, the first being my own daughter, and I’ve seen a lot of people out of this world too, unfortunately,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ve been involved in major local incidents such as bushfires and I’ve been involved with the pay dispute that’s happening at the moment. I’ll miss out on all that now.’’
Retiring would not stop Mr Gawne from being involved with the community — he said he was the deputy chairman of Shepparton Cemetery Trust and had applied for other voluntary work.
‘‘I’ll keep working for the community one way or another — it’ll be in a voluntary capacity now,’’ he said.
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