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Full of praise for passers-by

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‘Chips’ Fearon of Marnoo has saluted the passers-by who immediatel­y responded to a mishap he and his wife Valda had while shopping in Horsham.

Mr Fearon, 75, said the amount of help and support provided by complete strangers when his wife, 74, fell from her wheelchair in Hamilton Street, had made him proud to be country Victorian.

“People came from everywhere and I really am so grateful,” he said.

“I’m not sure we would have received the same help in Melbourne, but I certainly know that chivalry is alive and well here.”

Mr Fearon had been helping navigate his wife and wheelchair back into his converted taxi on Thursday last week after she had received a COVID-19 vaccinatio­n at Tristar Medical Clinic.

“We had a bit of trouble after I put the chair’s brakes on too soon,” he said.

“The chair started to tip and spat her out the back and onto the ground. I caught the end of her so she didn’t hit the ground hard, but it scared the hell out of me.

“Val has been receiving ‘hospital in the home’ services in a Horsham nursing home and we had planned to visit Horsham Plaza after she had her vaccine.

“We had fair few things planned. But that all changed when I was loading her back into the vehicle.”

Mr Fearon said roadworker­s in Hamilton Street quickly responded by stopping traffic, business people including Wes Davidson offered help and a Dimboola nurse who had been driving past stopped, provided a quick medical examinatio­n of his wife and called an ambulance.

“Val wasn’t hurt because she didn’t hit the ground hard and is back in the nursing home, but the nurse stayed with her a long time. She was just driving past and did so much,” he said.

“We’ve been married for 54 years and she’s the best thing that ever happened to me, so I can’t thank everyone enough.

“Everyone involved was just wonderful. It makes you proud to be a country person.”

Mr Fearon, who has helped shore up distributi­on of The Weekly Advertiser to Marnoo, felt compelled to pass on his thoughts to the broader regional community after the incident.

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