Ipswich paramedic was inspired to help others
ALMOST a decade ago, Kalbar man Ross Muller turned his life around to move into his dream job as a paramedic.
At 42, Mr Muller had his own lawn mowing business. He had left school at 15 and worked at the Churchill abattoir for 17 years until he built up his mowing business.
But it was his mowing contract at Boonah ambulance station that made him rethink his career and make the brave decision to leave his business to do a diploma with Queensland Ambulance Service.
"I've always had a thing about trying to help people," Mr Muller said.
"I kept putting it off, but this is a job where, if you want to help people, that is what you do. If you're not a people person and you don't want to help people, you will never survive as an ambulance officer because that is what we do, every day.
"Whether it is little old nanna who just needs a chat and someone to hold her hand, or someone who is dying, bleeding to death - whatever it might be, whatever situation, you're there to help people and that is what we do every day and that's a good feeling."
The life-changing move was such an inspiration to those around him, his daughter Annabelle has followed in his footsteps, now in her third year at university studying paramedicine and nursing.
"I just thought it was the coolest thing ever to have a dad who was a paramedic," Ms Muller said.
"He just turned his life around. To do that while raising me and my two sisters, it is so inspiring.
"From a young age I always knew I wanted to do something medical where I was helping people. I would always say I can't do a job where I go home at the end of the day and I didn't really help anyone.
"I really want to be able to go home and say I've done my bit and helped someone get through whatever they are getting through.
"If one day I get to wear that paramedic's uniform, I will wear it with pride - especially to stand up next to my dad."
The father and daughter team are currently working together at Ipswich Ambulance Station where Annabelle is doing her prac work for university.
They gave some encouraging words and a demonstration of their work to high school students at the recent health inspiration day at Ipswich Hospital.