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Delroy Pitt just loves being a porter

35 years and still going strong at St Ann’s Bay Hospital

BY RENAE DIXON Sunday Observer staff reporter dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, February 09, 2014    

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"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." — Confucius

DELROY Pitt landed the job as a porter out of a desperation to find work.

However, he has grown to love what he does and continues to enjoy every bit of it... 35 years after he started.

For many, going to work daily has become a routine in order to make money. For others, it is dedication to service. For Delroy Pitt, it is more than those ... it is his passion.

He has seen many die and many suffer in pain, but the desire to help people has kept Delroy Pitt dedicated to his job for almost 35 years as a porter at the St Ann's Bay Regional Hospital.

As a porter, Pitt transports patients on the hospital property, a task he said he enjoys.

"I find it enjoyable," he told the Jamaica Observer in an interview recently.

"I love my job. I love this job not just for the work, but I love to help people and to see people happy," he stated.

Pitt explained that he was in need of a job 35 years ago, when someone got a job for him as a porter. Since then it has been no looking back for him as he has fallen in love with what he does.

Although the job can be demanding at times, especially in cases of emergency, Pitt said that he has learnt to remain calm and to work with the doctors and nurses to get things done the correct way.

Many may not recognise the significance of their job, but porters play an important role in the health care that patients receive, he stressed. Among their duties is the role of safely transporting patients from one department to the next in the hospital. This role is carried out with much dignity by Pitt, who enjoys keeping patients happy.

The porter enjoys putting a smile on children's faces and so although his job most times is mainly to move them from one place to the next, he always enjoys a more personal focus with them.

"I always play with them," he said.

The father of five said that he enjoys being on the paediatric ward at the hospital.

"Everybody pickney a fi him," his co-worker Veronica Simms said of him.

Simms said that Pitt always plays with children whether or not he knows them.

Pitt also loves working at the operating theatre and is always happy to see patients recover well after surgeries.

Not only does he enjoy attending to patients, but Pitt tries to make sure those around him are happy. His co-workers and members of staff at the hospital can always expect to have a good laugh around the jovial porter.

He is also known to greet everyone at work and often his co-workers have to jokingly ask him to keep quiet.

"Him love call to everybody. Sometimes the nurse is a distance away and you hear him calling. I have to tell him to stop the noise," Simms said.

She described Pitt as a hard-working staff member who takes his job seriously. However, he always has time for humour as he enjoys putting a smile on other people's face.

"He loves to frighten us. Sometimes you just feel somebody bite your foot back," Simms said of the playful side of Pitt.

While Pitt does all he can to cheer the many patients at the hospital whom he comes in contact with daily, as a Christian, he always makes it his duty to pray for them.

Many times as he pushes a patient to the operating theatre, especially pregnant women, Pitt said he prays silently for them.

"I always pray for them. I am happy when they go and come back all right," he said.

As a father, Pitt also makes it his duty to always encourage young people whom he meets daily, always taking time to encourage them to make the best of life.

"I counsel the young people when I see them around," he said.

"I always tell them to live a clean life and to have manners and respect for others and not to take up what dem can't manage," he added.

Outside of his job as a porter, Pitt is also involved in farming. He cultivates a wide range of produce, including yam, banana, plantain, carrot and coco.

The man who has been married for three years said that outside of enjoying his work at the St Ann's Bay Hospital, he enjoys a good game of dominoes or watching movies.

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