Paramedic attacked while rushing to medical call-out

A PARAMEDIC was attacked on his way to a call-out in South Grafton.

Police said the 54-year-old ambulance officer was driving down Bimble Ave about 8.15pm on Sunday when a man walked into the middle of the road.

The ambulance slowed as it passed the man, who kicked the far side of the vehicle as it drove past.

When the paramedic stopped to see if he was okay, the man punched and shattered the rear vision side mirror before he reached into the ambulance and punched the officer in the right shoulder.

He fled the scene before police arrived just a few minutes later. A search of the area failed to find the offender.

Luckily, the paramedic avoided serious injury.

Australian Paramedics Association president Wayne Flint said that type of incident was rare, but that clearly the paramedic had become "a punching bag for no reason".

"Our concern would be that if it injured him enough to take him out of circulation, that's one less paramedic to respond to the people of Grafton," Mr Flint said.

"We didn't have a high incidence of reports on assaults of paramedics over New Year's, so we're hopeful that the training provided to paramedics and assistance from media in highlighting the issue is having some sort of impact on the community."

With no witnesses to the incident, police are seeking information from anyone who may be able to assist their investigation.

Grafton Police duty officer Darren Williams said police would like to speak to an Aboriginal male described as being in his twenties with a small beard, approximately 180cm tall and of an average build.

He was also described as having tattoos on his arms and chest.

Anyone with information on the ambulance assault has been asked to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

  • POLICE are also continuing investigations into an unrelated disturbance in South Grafton on Sunday night.

Police said an incident involving youths between McFarlane St and Bimble Ave, through Bob Lyddiard Park, led to malicious damages offences and assaults.

Earlier in the night a victim on Melaleuca Way reported that a bottle had been thrown through their kitchen window.

A 14-year-old girl will be interviewed by police in the presence of an adult.

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