Friday funeral for good Samaritan
THE doctor who treated Tweed Heads good Samaritan Norman Olsen said he was not surprised by the bravery displayed by the 65-year-old, who died after going to the aid of a woman involved in a domestic disturbance on the street.
“He would never have walked past someone doing the wrong thing,” said Dr David Engel, from Riverside General Practice at Tweed Heads.
Mr Olsen died of head injuries last week after he was allegedly pushed by the ex-partner of a woman involved in an altercation on the side of the road at Toowoomba, causing him to fall and hit his head.
A funeral will be held for him on Friday.
Dr Engel treated the Vietnam veteran mainly for post-traumatic stress syndrome for about 10 years and said he displayed a strong sense of justice.
“He was a good-natured man who had a strong sense of right and wrong,” Dr Engel said.
The medico said he was a popular patient who was always happy despite suffering terribly from his Vietnam service “demons”.
“He was a good-natured guy, which belied what was going on beneath the surface a bit,” he said.
The staff at Riverside learnt of Mr Olsen’s death when his partner, Isabelle, called on Wednesday morning to cancel his next appointment.
The 65-year-old suffered head injuries after going to a woman’s aid in an apparent domestic dispute on Monday afternoon as he was driving along Bridge St at Wilsonton, in Toowoomba.
He was rushed to Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital and his family made the decision to turn off his life support on Tuesday afternoon.
Mr Olsen was a retired upholsterer from Melbourne who moved to Tweed Heads with Isabelle some 16 years ago.
Police allege Mr Olsen was shoved in the chest by the woman’s ex-partner – Sydney man James Darren David Callow, 22 – causing him to fall back onto the road and hit his head.
Mr Callow, who has been charged with manslaughter, is remanded in custody until April 27.
Mr Olsen’s funeral, which will be paid for by Victims of Crime, will be held at the Tweed Crematorium on Friday at 10am and will include an RSL service.
As of February 29, more than $2200 had been raised by 64 donors to help support his family.
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