Pauline’s story

“For a tight-knit community, it’s hard. You know the person who has died. You know the other people in the car. You know the family. You know both sides are grieving.” Pauline Buchanan has worked as a frontline paramedic for 35 years. Now she is District Operations Manager for St Johns in Gore. One of the hardest parts of the job for Pauline is the fact that she lives and works in a tight-knit community, meaning she often knows the people she’s helping.  Pauline has been to 15 deaths on the road.  For Pauline, 15 is too many.

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