Stan Jensen's long career as paramedic

FORMER Mount Larcom paramedic, Stan Jensen (pictured) is being remembered as one of "nature's gentlemen".

As one of the Queensland Ambulance Service's longest serving members and a pillar of the community, the huge gathering at Stan's funeral was a testament to the amount of people whose lives he touched.

After suffering from a rare neurological disorder, the 83-year-old leaves behind his wife Myra, four children - Terri, Kevin, Karen and Carmel, 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Stan devoted 13 years, more than a third of his career, to the Mount Larcom Ambulance Station until he was appointed to the Edmonton sub-centre in 1976.

Son Terri followed in his father's footsteps, saying his dad had been the ultimate role model as a paramedic.

Stan devoted his life to community service after 34 years as a Queensland paramedic, volunteering for several organisations including Clean up Australia, Lions Club, Guide Dogs Australia, and also sat on countless hospital and ambulance committees. His two greatest loves were his family and the ambulance.

Since the beginning of his career in Mount Larcom in 1963 up until his retirement in 1997, Stan was known for his dedication and commitment to the job, his empathy for those patients entrusted to his care and his enduring high ethical standards.

Work colleague and friend of over 42 years, Terry Boyd said of Stan, "his life was the ambulance and the ambulance was his life."

"We were fortunate in that we served during the very best times of the Ambulance Service, and these wonderful times were made possible because of the efforts of Stan and his contemporary officers to whom we could look up to, respect and try to emulate," Mr Boyd said.

In 2010 Stan was named Cairns Regional Council's Citizen of the Year and was honoured for 50 years in the Queensland Ambulance Service in 2014.

Stan Jensen:

1964: Joined the Queensland Ambulance Transport Brigade as an Honorary Officer serving Mount Larcom, Edmonton, Cairns and Gordonvale.

1967: Entered fulltime work as a Driver Bearer Collector.

1976: Appointed Officer-in-Charge of Edmonton station.

1997: Retired from the QAS.

1997: Began volunteering for Edmonton Local Ambulance Committee.

2010: Named Cairns Regional Council's Citizen of the Year.

2014: Received QAS Meritorious Service award recognizing 50 years of service.

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