Mixed blessings for knifed hero
Looking back: Russell Fraser recounts the stabbing incident. Picture: Michael CoppRUSSELL Fraser vividly remembers the day in 2010 when he was stabbed multiple times by an enraged attacker in Meadow Heights.
More than two years after the incident, Mr Fraser has been officially recognised as a hero.
The Roxburgh Park resident this week received a commendation for brave conduct from the federal government’s Australian Bravery Decorations Council.
The council recognises acts of bravery by members of the community.
On June 24, 2010, Mr Fraser was driving when he saw a woman lying across a street gutter in Paringa Boulevard.
The woman had escaped her house from a domestic dispute with her son, who had assaulted her.
Mr Fraser pulled his car over and went to see if the woman was conscious. While he was with the woman, he saw a man carrying a large carving knife walk towards him.
The man stabbed Mr Fraser several times, causing severe injuries.
Mr Fraser fought off the attacker and continued to help the woman until emergency crews arrived. Police were able to apprehend the offender.
He was found not guilty in court on grounds of insanity but was committed to a secure psychiatric unit for 25 years.
Mr Fraser was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
“They [paramedics] tell me I was stabbed eight times,” Mr Fraser told the Weekly last week.
He says he became unconscious in the ambulance and had to be revived twice.
“A lot of people did a lot of good things that day, including police and the paramedics who came to my aid.”
Mr Fraser, who has been off work since the incident, says the recovery process, both physical and mental, has been long and difficult.
“Physically and mentally, I’m probably not 100per cent yet, but I’ve come a long way in that time.
“I was out of hospital in nine days. It’s a credit to the medical staff there.
“I’ve moved on. I would be very cautious about doing it again, but I hope it wouldn’t stop me.”
Mr Fraser says he feels honoured to receive the commendation.
He was one of 60 Australians to receive the honour.
Broadmeadows Constable Luke Colquhoun, Sergeant Iain Gillanders and Roxburgh Park resident Vu Huynh, who assisted on the day, also received commendations for brave conduct.
Detective Senior Constable Steven Murphy received a bravery medal.