A newlywed paramedic who was fatally stabbed outside a Sydney fast food restaurant hours before the end of his shift has been called a ‘true hero’.
- Former nurse-turned-paramedic Steven Tagger was stabbed to death just hours before the end of his shift
- He is said to be caring, dedicated, and charismatic
- Jordan Finanganofo, 21, was charged with murder Friday night.
Steven Tougher, 29, was resting with his NSW ambulance colleagues at a McDonald’s in Campbeltown when he activated his duress alarm at 5:30 am on Friday.
After being treated at the scene, Mr Taffer was taken to Liverpool Hospital, where he died.
His wife, Madison, said, “We are expecting our second child in the next few weeks.”
Social media is flooded with tributes to the paramedic and former nurse who married just five weeks before his death.
Paul Harrison, who grew up in Wollongong and was his next-door neighbor, said, “Steve was one of the first companions I ever had.
Harrison said his friend’s “caring and giving side” always shone through, but his “ultimate goal” of becoming a paramedic was “something he always dreamed of.”
“Steve, you did it,” he said.
“Stephen never hesitated to help people, regardless of the circumstances,” said Emma Gedge, who was an official at the union branch when Taffer worked as a registered nurse.
“We will never forget his big smile, sassy laugh and charismatic personality,” she said, adding that he was a “true hero.”
On Friday night, 21-year-old Jordan Finanganofo was charged with one count of murder.
He was tasered at the scene before being arrested by police.
He did not apply for bail at Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday morning, but he can do so before his case returns to court on June 28.
Finanganofo’s attorney, Javid Faiz, told media outside court that his client was being treated for mental health issues and was “fully aware of the seriousness of the crime.” rice field.
Faiz said he would “wait and see this matter take its own course.”
Tougher’s death shocked the ambulance service community, and several paramedics arrived at the scene this morning to arrange flowers.
Firefighters are also paying tribute, with a sign at Riverwood Station reading, “Our hearts go out to our Ambo family.”
On Friday, NSW Health Secretary Susan Pearce broke down in tears in honor of the man and his paramedics.
“The health care system is one big family, and losing someone this way is incomprehensible to us.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-04-15/murder-charge-for-man-fatal-stabbing-paramedic-steven-tougher/102227260 A 21-year-old man has been charged with murder for fatally stabbing paramedic Stephen Tugger in southwest Sydney.