AMBULANCE paramedic Andrew Fulton treated Mr Beugels on that August 25 night, his first day on the job.
“It was near the end of my first day on the road and it was quite confronting,” he admitted.
He was partnered with senior paramedic Les Gernye.
“Francois was in a bad way,” Paramedic Fulton said.
“It was somewhat confronting and shocking to see the extent of his injuries, but we just got on with the job. We were in work mode, doing our best to stabilise and treat him.
“When we arrived he was lying in the gutter, local residents who had helped him had tried to make him as comfortable as possible with pillows and blankets and then we just took over.
“We stabilised him as quickly as we could, put him on a spine board and then got him into the ambulance as it was pretty cold,” he said.
“There was further stabilisation before we took him to hospital.”
Paramedic Fulton was just one of a number of emergency services personnel who worked the case that night and in the following days.