Many folks might say Maurice Dux born into a life of volunteering, even before he realised.
His family has been involved in the local community for nearly 80 years and has volunteered countless hours of his time to help people in need.
National Volunteer Week began on Sunday and the Queensland Ambulance Service has taken the time to thank Mr Dux for his continued selflessness.
Mr Dux’s father was the Beaudesert Ambulance superintendent from 1939 to 1971 which meant he grew up as part of the Ambulance family and assisted his parents and community from a very early age.
“In those days the superintendent would live at the station with his family,” Mr Dux said.
“Quite often when I was home I would hear the station doors open and I would call out to the bearer of the day to see if I could go along and assist with the case.
“I have many fond memories of helping my father and the other bearers on cases in and around the Beaudesert district.”
Mr Dux officially commenced duties as an Honorary Bearer in 1951.
He had undertaken nursing study at the local hospital and completed the necessary training by then allowing him to “officially” attend cases.
Mr Dux continued to volunteer and eventually joined the Beaudesert Ambulance Committee and was elected president in February of 1973, a position he is still overseeing to this day.
In 2004 he was awarded the 50 year joint Honorary Service Award.
Mr Dux said it was a privilege to work with so many talented officers.
“I was lucky enough to become friends with many of them and they have all been incredibly capable and caring people and that legacy continues on today with the next generation of paramedics,” he said.
“While the treatment may have changed, the standard of care hasn’t.”
Mr Dux has continued to volunteer his time to the community in support of the RSL, nursing homes and various community groups.
A spokeswoman for the Queensland Ambulance Service said Mr Dux undertakes an integral role in liaison with the Beaudesert RSL Community Transport Scheme which has been operating successfully for the past 22 years.
“So successful is the scheme that it has grown from a humble beginning of one vehicle up to a fleet of five that now provides a vital service to the community,” she said.
“Maurice represents everything that volunteering means and continues to provide a vital role of stewardship, mentoring and community spirit within Beaudesert.”