By Xavier Duff
True tales of normal Australians who risked their lives to save lots of others. Meet Australia's 'accidental heroes' and listen to their tales of unbelievable braveness, self-sacrifice and private trimph. They make for relocating, occasionally terrifying, and continually heart-warming examining. unintentional Heroes is a reminder of the power of the human spirit, in an age after we desire it so much.
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I realised no one was coming to help,’ Natalie said. Natalie’s only thought now was to stop Nicole’s bleeding. Two blokes were just standing there, staring at Natalie and Nicole as if transfixed by the surrealness of it all. ’ That broke the spell. They pulled the T-shirts off and turned them inside out to put the worst of the black sooty mess on the inside to avoid contaminating Nicole’s wounds. Natalie tied one across the top of Nicole’s right arm and pushed the other into the gaping wound on her thigh.
Like Knight, Vitkovic had no trouble getting access to firearms or qualifying for the licence that allowed him to buy them. The words on Vitkovic’s application for a shooting licence in October 1997 are chilling in retrospect. ‘I desire to go hunting,’ was his explanation. Vitkovic slipped through the net of firearm legislation and mental health experts. The signs were there if only someone could have seen the whole picture. Vitkovic had obtained a shooter’s licence and an automatic weapon after a psychologist had written a report that Vitkovic was unstable, depressed and partially psychotic.
He added that the fact Vitkovic was given this assessment without proper support and counselling had been dangerous. The psychiatrist’s assessment for the coroner was chilling in its bluntness Vitkovic was a paranoid psychotic, probably schizophrenic, totally out of touch with reality, and insane. Whatever Vitkovic’s true mental state, it was not communicated to anyone in authority or to his family, who may have been able to intervene. There seems no particular reason for Vitkovic to have chosen 8 December for his deadly escapade.
Accidental Heroes. True Stories of Ordinary Australians Who Risked Their Lives to Save Others by Xavier Duff