A paramedic was stabbed to death at a McDonald’s parking lot while filling out the paperwork during his night shift.
29-year-old Steven Tougher from NSW, Australia, was a dedicated ambulance paramedic and a father who was just days away from welcoming another child.
According to the reports, the young man pulled into the parking lot of McDonald’s at Queen St, Campbelltown, to fill out some paperwork early Friday morning.
While preparing the reports, Tougher was approached by a suspect who stabbed him in the abdomen repeatedly before being arrested by the police.
The 21-year-old suspect, a male, has since been questioned by the police and charged with murder. As of this writing, the motive for the brutal attack remains unclear.
Following the heartbreaking news, colleagues of Steven’s wife, Madison, launched a GoFundMe to help the struggling mom and support her financially as she braces for the birth of their second child.
“On the 14th of April we learnt of the tragic news that Madison’s husband Stephen was killed in the line of duty as a paramedic. Stephen was a paramedic with the NSW Ambulance Service and was posted to Southern Sydney. Madison and Stephen are locals to the Wollongong region,” the page reads.
“Madison is due to have her second child in a few short weeks. Madison is a valued team member of the Core Disability Network and her partner was well-known to our community. We hope that any funds raised through this platform can go to support Madison and her family during this extremely difficult time.”
Speaking out were also thousands of well-wishers who were left shocked by the senseless act of violence against a first responder.
“I didn’t know him personally, but I’m a medically retired paramedic from Campbelltown station and my colleagues mean the world to me,” former paramedic Scott Fogarty told Daily Mail Australia.
“It’s just devastating. We go to work to help people in need and all we want to do is go home to our families in one piece.”
Breaking into tears, NSW Health Secretary Susan Pearce said: “The health system is one big family and to lose someone in this way is just incomprehensible to us. I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the wife and family of the paramedic.”
Our thoughts remain with Steven’s loved ones during this challenging time.
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