Young NSW Ambulance Inspector Stephen Pollard reached 45 years service on April 26.
Inspector Pollard has been a familiar face in the Young community for many years moving to the area in 1995. He says it's been an honour and privilege to service this "glorious town". Inspector Pollard says the job can be tough but also "incredibly rewarding".
He moved from Bowral to Wollongong in 1979 to start intensive care paramedic training.
He was in Wollongong until 1995, during that time he spent nine years as a paramedic on rescue helicopters. He moved to Young in 1995.
"We moved to Young for a sea-change and to see what rural life would be like for a few years, and we fell in love with the place and have been here ever since," he said.
He says a lot has changed since 1976.
"There's more procedures, more drugs and what we can do for patients. Paramedics now are very well-trained. Not just for looking after patients but servicing the community and looking after themselves."
Inspector Pollard says he still feels reasonably fit, however retirement could be around the corner, he said.
"The mornings are getting tougher. And the calls out at midnight. But it's been an absolute honour and privilege."
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