Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Minister extends condolences to health family following paramedic stabbing

NSW Health Minister, Ryan Park, has extended his deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sydney paramedic, Steven Tougher, who was fatally stabbed while on duty early this morning.

“Today our community has lost one of its very special frontline workers, in circumstances that are simply beyond comprehension,” said Minister Park.

“My deepest condolences are extended to the family and friends who are dealing with a loss that no doubt seems unimaginable at the moment.

“Our paramedics have been some of the heroes of the pandemic over the last few years.

“To have one of their own lose their life in this way is without a doubt a heavy burden for all of them to carry.”

The Minister said his thoughts were with paramedics and emergency call responders across NSW.

The scene of the fatal attack (Photo: 9News).

“I have had a number of discussions with Commissioner Dom Morgan and Secretary Susan Pearce, and collectively as a health family, we will wrap all available resources and support around the family and colleagues over the coming days, weeks and months,” he said.

“Today is a tragic day for the people of NSW and a reminder of the dangers our emergency service personnel can confront every day.”

A 21-year-old man has been charged with the father-of-one’s murder. Mr Tougher and a workmate had been taking a break at Campbelltown McDonald’s toward the end of their night shift at around 5.30am when the attack occurred.

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