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Paballo Lobone, an emergency hero, saves lives by using his emergency training; he has finally landed a job within the industry.


North West, South Africa (22 September 2020) – Paballo Lobone’s story was an inspiring one when we shared it back in February of this year. The hopeful emergency volunteer had been job shadowing with various medical emergency companies to get work experience so he could find a job.

Despite his struggles to land a job Paballo saved countless lives thanks to his training and has always hoped it would help him find a job. He had studied a few courses picking up firefighter, ambulance and safety skills. With the laws of attraction at play, people in need always seem to be wherever Paballo is.

In 2018, he was walking with his cousin through Hillbrow and saw a group of panicked people over the road. He went to see what was wrong and found a woman giving birth. He helped her stay calm and delivered the baby safely. The news about his actions went viral, and he became a hero in the media for a time.

He has also stopped the bleeding of a man who had been mugged and stabbed, he calmed and treated a woman who had been hit by a car, and he helped when two shacks near his home that had caught fire.

Paballo was so used to being the hero that kept latex gloves in his pocket so he could help in a heartbeat. When Good Things Guy readers heard the story, many reached out to help. Paballo received funds to purchase a proper first-aid kit.

For a time after the story broke, he kept in touch with the Good Things Guy team, giving updates about his job status, hoping to someday soon land a job in the medical emergency field.

Living with his grandmother, only her grant to support them, Paballo worked tirelessly to find a job that would take the burden off his family.

Well, it finally happened! Paballo has landed a job, securing a 12-month contract with Matlosana EMRS in Klerksdorp. The job is thankfully in Paballo’s hometown which makes a big difference. He is able to stay at home with his family and support them as they did for him. We asked Paballo how his grandmother felt when he gave her the news.

“She can finally get a good sleep seeing that I got what we both always wanted, going out there and helping people, doing what I love. She is proud of me”

Looking at how things are now, compared to before, Paballo believes that he can work hard to save people, especially because of the current state of South Africa.

“Working hard and continuing to help people must be doubled, tripled in fact, it must just be more than before”

This 28-year-old community hero has finally been given the chance to prove himself and give back what he has been given. Paballo said he was so grateful to all that believed in him and supported him back in February.

“I wish I could show you how grateful I am. May the good Lord continue to bless you all and keep you well.
I thank you once again, it really means a lot that you recognised my work and you believed in me.”

Sources: Paballo Lobone – Supplied
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