When Benalla’s Corie Van Beek was injured in a fall at work last week the last thing he expected was a community coming together to help him get home.
The community in question was Goorambat, and popping into the Railway Hotel to ask for a glass of water might just have saved his life.
It was a a hot and humid afternoon in NSW when Corie slipped into a freshly dug hole fracturing his coxal bone.
Unaware of the seriousness of his injury he jumped in the car, heading home to Benalla to put his feet up.
‘‘So I started driving home. After a while I realised I was in a pretty bad way, I was dehydrated and didn’t feel very alert,’’ Ms Van Beek said.
‘‘I had enough presence of mind to stop. I felt it was dangerous and I didn’t want to cause an accident.
‘‘I turned the air-con off to keep me alert, but I’d run out of water and it was 44°C that day. So it was not good.
‘‘So I pulled into Goorambat and went to the Railway Hotel and asked for water. They gave me a water with ice and noticed how bad I was, telling me I should sit down.’’
Mr Van Beek said that by this stage he was feeling awful and despite not being able to remember exactly what was happening he felt he might have been quite short with the people trying to help.
‘‘They said they didn’t think I should be driving and asked me if I’d like a lift home,’’ Mr Van Beek said.
‘‘I’d never met the people before, but they offered to drive me home. They saw how distressed I was and noticed I was having trouble walking.’’
After assessing the situation staff and patrons decided to call Mr Van Beek an ambulance, which took him to Wangaratta Hospital.
‘‘I got home well after midnight. When I arrived I found the car on the drive and the keys there. They had driven my car home,’’ Mr van Beek said.
‘‘I assume they must have taken two cars and driven one back, what they did was just amazing.
‘‘I didn’t really know the people who helped me and I didn’t get a chance to say thanks.
‘‘It was a wonderful act of kindness and it was a wonderful thing to do. It wasn’t just around the corner it was all the way back into town. They had no hesitation in helping.
‘‘I’d really like to say a big thank you to the wonderful people of Goorambat, and the wonderful patrons and staff at the Railway Hotel.’’