Passion strong as ever for veteran ambo

GOOD deeds are just a typical day's work for Inspector Andrew Keshwan from Fairfield ambulance station.

"The idea of being a good Samaritan — this is how I see the paramedics," he said.

The 49-year-old was awarded his second National Medal for long service on Thank A Paramedic Day last Wednesday.

Though it's been 27 years since he joined the service, he still remains passionate about his job.

"I still haven't lost my enthusiasm," he said.

"I was 24 when I became a paramedic. I was into finding solutions and being able to give a helping hand to our fellow beings.

"The most rewarding part of the job is the comfort and relief you see from the patient and families when you arrive."

Mr Keshwan says he has witnessed a dwindling sense of responsibility among today's youth.

"Human life is very precious," he said. "Unfortunately, eight out of the 10 car accidents I attend have been P-platers.

"We seem to be encouraging bad behaviour instead of having the individual take responsibility for their actions.

"It's that mentality of 'I'll do what I want and someone else can take care of it' among our youth."

Thank A Paramedic Day was celebrated to raise awareness that NSW paramedics respond to an average of 3234 calls a day.

You can show your appreciation by posting a few words or sharing your story on the Ambulance Service of NSW website, ambulance.nsw .gov.au.

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