Paramedic Dad misses family life to help
INTENSIVE care paramedic Scott Gordon's dedication to helping people in need will keep him from spending Father's Day with those he loves most.
But the sacrifices he makes to help people in the Toowoomba region do not affect the pride his children have for their dad.
Mr Gordon and his photographer wife Linley moved to Toowoomba from Gladstone 20 years ago.
They have since raised children Asher, 19, Lashai, 16, Shabelle, 13 and Rainer, 10.
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Mr Gordon, 45, became an honorary ambulance officer in 1989 and started as a full-time paramedic two years later.
"My motivation is helping people," Mr Gordon said.
"Helping people is quite rewarding and to bring help and reassurance to chaotic scenes can be a challenge, but, with a positive attitude along with up-to-date skills, most things can be overcome."
He said years of service had not weathered his determination to assist others.
"While my role is a demanding one, I always think there are people in our community carrying huge burdens from trauma or medical illness which inspires me to help out in any way I can."
A part of his job as an intensive care paramedic is to attend severe injury cases to add to the care already provided by other paramedic crews.
"I enjoy working in Toowoomba as we have a broad variety of workload.
"There is also a great range of medical specialists available where patients can receive high level care."
His roster will most likely keep him from spending Sunday with his family, unless they get a chance to pop into the station for lunch.
"I guess working as a shift worker impacts on home life regardless of whether you are a paramedic or not.
"I have been doing this for so long our family has an acceptance of the inconvenience."
He said his children had showed interest in his work.
"I think this has helped them to understand life is not a total playground and that actions have consequences."
Daughter Shabelle said it was important to celebrate Father's Day because of the influence dads had on families.
"I'm proud of dad because he's an awesome dad and he's an ambo and is always helping people," Shabelle said.
Special Father's Day coverage
TOMORROW'S Chronicle has pages of heart-felt tributes to the dads from around the city and region.
They show just how much Toowoomba people care for their fathers.
Don't miss this touching special feature.