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Bad Samaritan

Derrick Deanda came across a crash in Elk Grove, Calif., just after it happened, and broke through the van’s windshield to help the occupants get out before rescue crews arrived. But now, Deanda complains, he has received a $143 bill from medics. “So I guess this is how Good Samaritans are treated when they stop at an accident scene to help somebody,” he whined on a Facebook post that was shared widely. “Makes you wonder why people don’t want to stop to help at an accident scene.” Except that Deanda cut himself on the glass, and medics treated him for that injury. Despite that, the fire district notified Deanda that he can appeal the bill, and that’s the only way they can waive it. But he hasn’t returned the fire department’s call telling him how to go through the process. (RC/San Francisco Chronicle, KOVR Sacramento) ...Because that wouldn’t have garnered him press coverage.
Original Publication Date: 26 June 2016
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 22.

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