ER24 medic assaulted on route to hospital

An ER24 medic was assaulted on Monday, 1 July 2019, while transporting a patient from an accident scene on Paul Street in Potchefstroom.

This incident occurred after ER24 personnel were called to an incident on Paul Street in Potchefstroom at 19h25, after a bakkie had crashed through a fence and into a residence.

On arrival, medics found a bakkie smashed through the kitchen area of the residence. A man, believed to have been in his 20s, was found lying trapped inside the vehicle.

Provincial Fire Services had to stabilise the residential structure before they could extricate the man from the vehicle.

Once freed, the man was treated for his injuries and thereafter transported to a nearby hospital for further care.

While on route to hospital, the father of the patient, who was seated in the front passenger seat of the ambulance, without warning punched the ER24 medic in the face and immediately attempted to grab the steering wheel. Using the situational and self-awareness training received from ER24, the medic was able to defend himself from further attacks by managing to pull the vehicle over safely and remove himself from the situation.

Shortly after climbing out of the ambulance, the assailant climbed into a bakkie, that had been following the ambulance to hospital, and left the scene.

The ER24 medics continued their care of the patient before resuming their transportation to the private hospital. Once the patient had been handed over to the hospital staff, the medic was assessed by a doctor before reporting the case to the Potchefstroom Police (CAS/22/7/2019).

We are glad that our medics did not sustain any serious harm during the incident.

We urge members of the public to report any incident  to the local authorities. These incidents can be reported to Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or send an SMS to the official Crime Line number 32211 for anonymous tip-offs.