Flood waters inspire man to carve out a new career
AFTER the 2013 floodwaters inundated Paul Kennedy's family home at Wallaville, he was so inspired by the help he received from members of the community, it motivated him to consider a career change.
Despite losing everything, the thing which struck Mr Kennedy was how helpful everyone else was, especially the rural fire service and paramedic Chris Iseppi.
"When I first met Chris it was during the floods and my house where my kids lived had been destroyed," he said.
"I couldn't believe how much he had to offer, not just my family but anyone who needed help."
Wanting to give back, Mr Kennedy joined the rural fire service, completed first aid courses and decided to pursue a career as a paramedic.
Mr Iseppi offered to help and is thrilled Mr Kennedy has now been awarded a nationally accredited Certificate IV Ambulance.
"He has now set his eyes on the certificate IV WHS course, the TAE work place trainer and assessor's course then he'll move on to do his Diploma of Paramedical Science," he said.
"To get that far will require determination and guts to complete, all which I feel Paul has."
Mr Kennedy will begin the diploma within six months.