Big heart in an hour of need

A Hume employee has been praised after he rushed to assist a woman who had become terribly injured while she walked along Craigieburn Road in Yuroke.

On Tuesday 22 March 2016, Maureen Stephens took her two dogs for a walk along the busy road.

Without warning, Maureen’s dogs became entangled in barbed wire and they started to aggress each other.

As Maureen tried to free the dogs from the barbed wire, she became very badly injured herself.

The Yuroke woman endured significant lacerations and bruising.

Council officer Daniel Harris saw the incident unfold as he drove along Craigieburn Road, and he rushed to assist Maureen.

Daniel applied a tourniquet to stop heavy bleeding, and administered first aid.

He then comforted Maureen as she waited about 15 minutes for her husband to arrive at the scene.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said Daniel’s quick-thinking had been a huge help.

“Maureen required plastic surgery after this incident, and her surgeon at the Northern Hospital said Daniel’s first aid had helped her to recover from the injuries,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“Daniel’s actions on that Tuesday indicated a man with a very big heart.

“Maureen has told us that the road was hectic with traffic, but no-one except Daniel stopped to help.

“Daniel didn’t think of anything but the woman whom he could see was in her hour of need.

“It was as selfless act, a very good act, and an act which demonstrated the true character of this man.”

Daniel Harris is a member of Hume City Council’s flying crew, which attends call-outs across the municipality to fill pot holes, maintain roads, and keep public areas safe.

In her letter to Hume City Council, Maureen Stephens articulated what she thought of Daniel’s actions.

“I do think it is very important to recognise people who not only act within the responsibilities of their roles, but also with care, responsibility and compassion in times of need,” Maureen said.

Cr Patsikatheodorou has wished Maureen well as she continues to recover from her injuries.

“This incident was a very nasty one, and everyone at Hume City Council is thinking of Maureen,” she said.

“Her dogs were hurt by the barbed wire too, and we hope they also make a full recovery.

“While Maureen endured a very traumatic event, I’m so relieved that one of Hume’s finest was nearby.”

For further information about Hume City Council, visit here.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 9 May 2016

Updated : 4:19 PM, 9 May 2016

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