Say thank you to your local heroes
IF a paramedic has helped you or a family member with illness or injury, today is the perfect day to thank them.
As part of the annual Thank a Paramedic Day the community has been encouraged to say thanks to these local heroes through Twitter, Facebook, or perhaps a kind gesture in person.
Lismore paramedic of seven years Alastair MacTier said it's lovely to have the community behind them.
"It's lovey to receive that on Thank a Paramedic Day," he said.
"(The nurses) at the Base bought myself and my partner a coffee this morning.
"I could get used to that every day," he joked.
Mr MacTier has spent his career helping others, from working as a lifeguard to a rescue crew officer on the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.
"I enjoy helping people and attending to people in need of medical help," he said.
"It's also interesting and meaningful work.
"Every day is different, you can't predict what's going to happen."
Mr MacTier said today was also a great opportunity to remind the community how they can help.
"One of the focuses of a Thank a Paramedic Day event in Sydney was to thank a passerby who assisted at a cardiac arrest," Mr MacTier said.
"He applied early CPR to a patient and that gentleman is being recognised today.
"If members of the community can attend a first aid course or a CPR course, they may be in a position one day to be able to apply that and save someone's life."
Using the hashtag #ThankANSWParamedic on Twitter you can share your story or say a simple 'thank you'.
NSW Ambulance posted a message on their Facebook page to show their support.
"To all our paramedics, through your good work we are able to serve our communities with the highest level of integrity, professional excellence and compassion," they said.
"For your dedicated service, we thank you."