The first ambulance helicopter pilot in a decade is giving it all he has to try to save a life.
The man who was on duty on Sunday afternoon on a road in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond Hill was driving a rental vehicle, which was parked in a driveway when he saw a car on the roadside.
He said the driver of the car pulled over and began honking his horn and yelling to the other driver to get out of the way.
“I just thought ‘you’ve got to be kidding me’,” he said.
“He didn’t even stop to see what was happening, he just started driving away and drove right over me.”
He said he saw the car’s passenger get out and help him get the car off the road.
“The driver of that car stopped and he told me to pull over,” Mr Brown said.
A paramedic who was driving the helicopter is giving him the full support of his unit.
“There’s a lot of support, there’s a bunch of people behind me, I don’t even know if I’m supposed to be able to say thank you to them because they’ve all been great,” he said, adding he was just grateful the driver didn’t hit him.
“It’s not like I was going to crash or anything, I just kind of let him drive off and then I just looked at the road, and he was like, ‘you’re not going to get in the way of this, I’m going to do this’.”
The driver was arrested and charged with dangerous driving, but Mr Brown has no record of having any accidents.
“This is not a good idea.
I just wanted to help someone,” he told 7.30.”
To say I was the bad guy, it was the driver that hit me.”
The ambulance worker who was the first in a Melbourne suburb to try and save a person’s life after a collision with a vehicle was one of the first to get a ride on the helicopter.
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