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Jamie has been saving lives for past 10 years

FULFILLING JOB: Jamie McCracken has been saving lives for 10 years, though it feels like he started just yesterday.
FULFILLING JOB: Jamie McCracken has been saving lives for 10 years, though it feels like he started just yesterday. Anastassia Perets

HELPING women give birth in unlikely situations is just part of the job description for Queensland Ambulance Service Monto officer-in-charge Jamie McCracken.

"I have helped deliver babies on the kitchen floor, on the side of a road and the back seat of car," he said.

Mr McCracken was recently awarded his long service medals for saving lives for the past 10 years.

"It really doesn't seem like it's been a decade," he said.

"It seems like only yesterday I got accepted into study."

Before becoming a paramedic, Mr McCracken did something totally different - he worked at a sugar mill.

"I wanted to become a paramedic to help people," he said.

"It's just great job satisfaction and the best job in the world."

He entered the university world as an adult, studying a degree externally.

"I got started by initially doing on-the-job training and a degree through Victoria University," he said.

A recent highlight was Mr McCracken becoming qualified to help patients through thrombolysis.

"We inject patients having a heart attack with drugs which break down the clot," he said.

"There was a gentleman in Bundaberg who was having a cardiac arrest, and we got him back through thrombolysis and saved his life."

One thing has not changed through the years, and that's Mr McCracken's desire to help.

"We are itching to save lives," he said.

"Some people may think that as the ambulance we are too busy, but we have the same ability as the hospital but can start treatment earlier."

Mr McCracken has worked in Monto for seven years, and did three years in Bundaberg prior.

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