Stephen de Keijzer with Kerri and Ben Russell.
Stephen de Keijzer with Kerri and Ben Russell.

Life not slow for Capella hero

THE prospect of an exciting career compelled Kerri Russell to become an advanced care paramedic in rural Capella.

Kerri previously worked as a veterinary nurse on the Sunshine Coast and by chance changed career focus.

 

"I lived on a busy road... there was an accident and I was first on the scene," - Kerri Russell.

 

"I thought it was exciting, and applied for the ambulance service straight away."

Kerri embarked on becoming a paramedic nine years ago and the change took her by delight, as she traded animals for people.

"People are a lot easier to communicate with," she said with a laugh.

The busy mum of two has been stationed in Capella for two years and is happy her family made the move.

"We were only coming for two years, and we're staying for at least another two," she said.

"It's been a really lovely community to move to."

Her husband Ben is also a paramedic and she said their family enjoyed the best of both worlds.

"We live in the backyard at the station in Capella...we're on call, but we get to see the kids," she said.

Kerri is proud of her career, and said she was constantly inspired to study.

"There are no restrictions on women. If you want to do something, you need to go after it."


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