Paramedic Teresa Pitt will give up Christmas Day to help others.
Paramedic Teresa Pitt will give up Christmas Day to help others. Shannon Newley

On call for holiday emergencies

WHILE sitting around clock watching can make a working day drag, Warwick paramedic Teresa Pitt said she would be more than happy if she spent tomorrow hanging around waiting.

"If we do go out it usually is if something bad has happened," she said.

Mrs Pitt said she was one of the four paramedics rostered on for Christmas Day and would sacrifice festive feasts and time with family to help out if a medical emergency arose.

Before becoming a paramedic five years ago, Mrs Pitt was a full-time mother and never missed a Christmas with her four children.

"It was hard for them to get used to," she said.

"But we'll have Christmas on Monday.

"You just adjust around it and Christmas is about time together, whether you actually have that on Christmas Day or not."

She said there was always plenty do to keep themselves occupied while waiting for jobs to come up.

"There is always a lot of medical stuff to read and we wash the vehicles," she said.

"But (tomorrow) we'll probably just sit back and chill and have some food and a chat if we are here and not out on jobs."

On sacrificing time with her family and holidays, Mrs Pitt said it was more than worth it.

"When you are there at an accident or something and when you have saved someone's life, it's very rewarding," she said.


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