Back saving lives
By ROXANNE MILLAR
DOUG Quinn shrugs off any suggestion that he is a brave and lucky man.
The Cudgera father of two is back saving lives on the Tweed after winning a battle for his own life last year.
But to him, his return to duty is no big deal.
The long-time member of the Tweed District Rescue Squad was struck down by a car as he cleaned up after a rescue job on the Tweed Bypass in July.
Mr Quinn was packing up after the rescue when a compact car, travelling in a lane police had kept open to minimise traffic disruption on the bypass, struck him head-on.
He was taken to the Gold Coast Hospital with head injuries and was induced into a coma for several days.
Less than two weeks later he underwent serious brain surgery to repair numerous facial fractures - an operation his wife Jane was told could have left him a vegetable.
"A lot of things could have gone wrong with it. We didn't know what could happen," she said.
"But there were no side effects."
These days Mr Quinn has barely a scar on his head and few side effects from the accident. In his own words, "life is back to normal".
"I don't remember getting hit or anything and the hospital was a blur," he said.
"I have a bit of trouble sleeping and have got glasses now, but I'm doing pretty good."
Mr Quinn is feeling so well that he is back on the rescue job, with the squad, saving lives without a worry in the world.
He is humble about his brave return.
"I don't have any mental problems about it, I just think it is good to be able to help the community," he said.
"Somebody has got to do it and I enjoy it. It is something I think only a certain type of person can do.
"When I think about it I really feel sorry for the person that hit me, it would have been a real fright to him."
Wife Jane said she had always dreaded Doug's rescue call-outs and even more so after his accident.
"I don't like it but he loves doing it so I wouldn't stop him. The day ones are okay, but when it is cold and wet I just think they should be at home, not running around the countryside dragging people out of the situations they are in," she said.
"They are really a brave bunch of guys.
"It is just good that it all worked out well and life is back to normal."