Marcel lands dream job as a fireman
FIREMAN Marcel Hamilton thought he was doing a good deed by putting a baby bird back in its nest.
"A guy came in and said a chick had fallen out and he needed help putting it back," he said.
"So I put it back in the nest and then realised it was actually food for the other chicks.
"The mother bird just killed it and gave it to them right in front of me.
"I was a bit shocked."
The 31-year-old said even though he had been working at the Gladstone Fire Station since September last year, he was still very much the new kid.
"The guys I work with are awesome," he said.
"The crew here is great, but they give it to me, especially after the bird incident."
The Agnes Water-based surfer lives with his wife Stephanie and nine-month-old son Mateo.
He commutes to Gladstone to work a roster of two days, two nights, then four off, and said he wouldn't have it any other way.
"I love being in Agnes on my days off. It's so relaxing.
"I surf a lot and take the boys skiing on the river when we have time off."
Mr Hamilton was working in construction for 15 years but always wanted to be a firie.
"I tried for ages to get in and now I am seriously working my dream job.
"Stephanie was stoked when I got it. It was something I'd been working on for a year and a half."
He said he thought sheer determination got him through the lengthy application process.
"I don't know if I was confident - I think I was just determined.
"I really wanted to be a firie and I just focused on making it happen."
As part of Movember, the crew at the station are growing their moustaches.
Mr Hamilton said he started last week.
"All the boys are getting involved, which is awesome. It's a great cause that supports men's cancer.
"But I had to start four days ago; I'm going to seriously need a run-up."