EFFORTS APPRECIATED: Trent Wrayford has been nominated for a Everyday Heroes Award.
EFFORTS APPRECIATED: Trent Wrayford has been nominated for a Everyday Heroes Award. Tobi Loftus

Local hero recognised after sight loss

A FORMER Murgon paramedic as been recognised for the work he has done in the community.

Trent Wrayford has been named as a finalist in the QBank Everyday Heroes Awards.

Mr Wrayford worked as a paramedic in Murgon since 2014 before retiring in August after discovering he had a hereditary genetic eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa, which kills off part of the retina.

"Because of that I was unable to have a driver's licence. I was taken off the road and put on to suitable duties at the station,” Mr Wrayford said.

"Unfortunately it ended with my medical retirement from the ambulance service. It was difficult.”

Mr Wrayford was instrumental in setting up the South Burnett First Aid Volunteers service and is also involved in other first-aid groups in southeast Queensland.

"After 12 and a half years as a paramedic it's good to be able to use that knowledge and experience, even at a first-aid level,” he said. "I'm also using that in my new role as a nurse up at the Murgon Hospital.”

Mr Wrayford is also back at university upgrading his nursing degree.

He said it was a surprise to find out his former QAS colleagues had nominated him for the Everyday Hero award. The results will be announced today.

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