Turning a new leaf
AN offender who completed first-aid courses while in custody was able to use his newly acquired life-saving skills at the scene of a traffic crash in Gympie recently.
The offender was on court-ordered parole supervised by the Gympie District Office when he saw a collision between and truck and a ute while driving on the Bruce Hwy, on October 14.
The driver of the ute was trapped in his vehicle and the offender provided first- aid treatment while helping to keep the injured man calm until the ambulance arrived.
A fire in the vehicle's engine bay was put out by the offender with an extinguisher before the firefighters arrived.
The driver was freed after 45 minutes and later flown to Royal Brisbane Hospital for treatment to fractures and a chest injury.
More good news was recently celebrated at Gympie Corrections when another supervised offender secured permanent employment with the Abigroup engineering company as a trainee bridge builder.
Correctional officers welcomed the news as a major positive step for this long-standing offender, who has served three periods of imprisonment since 2008 and has a long history of mental and drug-related issues.