Fireman bashed -- Nose broken in roadside ambush

A FIREFIGHTER acting as a good Samaritan was left with a broken nose and bruised ribs after he was viciously attacked by two thugs on the weekend.

The male firefighter, who asked not to be named, had stopped to assist a man he saw lying on the roadway when another man jumped out of hiding and king-hit him from behind.

The scenario, masterminded by the two thugs, saw the firefighter stop to assist what he assumed was a man injured or in trouble before both men attacked him and attempted to rob him. The Tweed Heads firefighter had just left the station about 12.30am on Saturday after attending a call and was driving along Minjungbal Drive when he saw the man lying on the road near a bus shelter.

After pulling his car over and getting out to check on the man he assumed to be in trouble, the firefighter was king-hit from behind by the other man who had been hiding nearby.

The man on the roadway then jumped up and started to punch and kick the firefighter while the other man began searching through his vehicle.

Another firefighter leaving the station just minutes later stopped to assist his mate after he caught sight of the brutal attack.

The two thugs were soon held at bay before they ran off into the night empty-handed. The firefighter targeted in the attack, who is believed to be aged in his mid-30s, was reported to have suffered a broken nose and bruised ribs in the attack, but was yesterday described by his colleagues as "a bit sore, but fine".

Police said an attack of this%nature was "pretty rare", and they hoped it would not put other people off stopping to assist those genuinely in trouble.

Sergeant Garry Jardine of Tweed Heads police said the two males involved in the attack were both aged in their 20s and were wearing shorts and white T-shirts.

One was described as short with dark hair and carrying a backpack, while the other had sandy-coloured hair.

Anyone with information regarding the men or the attack should contact Tweed Heads police on (07) 5536 0999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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