Ambo bashed at party
A MOSSMAN paramedic suffered a suspected broken rib after he was seriously assaulted at an out-of-control party last Saturday.
Two paramedics were called to the Mossman Sharks clubhouse at 12.30am last Saturday to assist a 20-year-old woman who had been knocked unconscious during a disturbance with another woman at a private function.
The victim fell from the trolley while the paramedics were transporting her to the ambulance, prompting a 19-year-old man to allegedly punch the paramedic in the back of the head and push him to the ground.
Union state councillor for ambulance employees Craig Crawford described the alleged assault as “a very low act”.
“Paramedics are not looking for a fight when they attend these types of scenes,” he said.
“It is a hard job doing what they do and we don’t need people adding violence to the situation which can be given verbally or physically.
“Our staff are trained to deal with violence up to a certain stage, however we are not trained to perform self-defence.
“We are medical people, we are here to help - we are the good guys.
“Assaults on paramedics are increasing across the state and it is disappointing to see these cases increase in smaller communities such as Mossman.
“In small stations such as Mossman where there is a small team, an incident like this doesn’t help give them confidence to do the job at a 100 per cent level.”
Mossman police Officer-in-Charge Sergeant Ed Lukin said two officers were called to the clubhouse after a loud disturbance was heard from the Mossman Hospital.
“Two police officers arrived to assist the injured ambulance paramedic and the unconscious woman however a number of disturbances broke out upstairs,” he said.
“The police officers called for urgent assistance to hold back the crowd and a number of people were injured.”
The alleged offender has been charged with serious assault.