Kate proud of the trust invested in her profession
KATE Cudmore has seen a lot in her five years as a paramedic, from car crashes, to medical emergencies and even the birth of a baby.
She gets up and goes to work every day because she wants to help people.
And in turn people, mostly strangers, put their full trust in her in their time of need.
It doesn't come as much of a surprise that paramedics have been named as the most trusted profession, according to the Reader's Digest Annual Poll.
Kate, who is the acting officer-in-charge at the South Rockhampton station, said she and her colleagues were proud to be part of the title that paramedics have claimed for the past 11 years.
"It's great that we are so trusted, it's definitely a great feeling," Kate said.
"People seem to appreciate that we're there to help."
While paramedics rush out to a lot of emergencies, it's not always all bad.
"Last year we delivered a healthy baby girl on the side of Dempsey St," Kate said.
"One year later we attended to the family again and I recognised the mum and her bub.
"They had named her Katherine after I delivered her; there's not that much follow-though in the job and it's nice to know you've contributed to helping someone."
Kate said the job requires someone who is resilient, has good communication and they need to be compassionate.
Paramedics go through three years of university studies before taking on 12 months as a graduate at a station.
"It's the kind of job where people want to come to work," Kate said.
"One day you might be off to a job in a field, or rushing around the city.
"Big jobs can be very stressful and you're there to keep everyone calm and hold the situation together."
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