10-year service medal recipient Gonzalo De Angulo-Aponte gets a kiss from his wife Juliana De Angulo as deputy director of operations North Coast chief superintendent Peter Pilon looks on.
10-year service medal recipient Gonzalo De Angulo-Aponte gets a kiss from his wife Juliana De Angulo as deputy director of operations North Coast chief superintendent Peter Pilon looks on. Jacklyn Wagner

Special day for paramedics

GONZALO De Angulo-Aponte became "engrossed" with the ambulance service after he saw paramedics help a pedestrian who was hit by a car in Sydney 11 years ago.

The Lismore paramedic was a doctor in his home country of Brazil before he moved to Australia and pursued a career with the NSW Ambulance Service.

Yesterday he was recognised for long service and good conduct as part of Thank a Paramedic Day at the Lismore Ambulance Station.

Former lifeguard and paramedic of 22 years Kim Hanlon also received recognition for his long service.

His first recollection of the ambulance service was a little bit different.

"(My first job) was with a port-a-loo that had fallen off and landed on the people who had been trying to lift it," he said with a laugh.

Lismore station officer Paul Martin said yesterday was an opportunity to thank the paramedics for their work.



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