By Xavier Duff
True tales of normal Australians who risked their lives to avoid wasting others. Meet Australia's 'accidental heroes' and listen to their tales of unbelievable braveness, self-sacrifice and private trimph. They make for relocating, occasionally terrifying, and regularly heart-warming examining. unintended Heroes is a reminder of the power of the human spirit, in an age once we desire it so much.
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She ran down the alley towards the street and reached a blown-out window that opened into the main bar area. She scrambled up to the ledge and stuck her head through and screamed out for Nicole in the semi-darkness. ’ Barely conscious, she was lying on the dance floor, badly injured. Natalie jumped up and through the window and ran to her. She was in a bad way, her right arm seriously injured, her right thigh and back with huge holes blown in them. It was as if a shark had come along and taken a piece out of her leg from her knee right up to her bottom.
And then I was knocked to the ground. At first I thought it was a gas explosion from behind the bar. ’ Having pulled to a stop outside the Sari Club to drop off Iqbal, the Mitsubishi van had been causing traffic chaos. As the patrons of Paddy’s Bar spilled out onto the street the van’s driver, a man named Arnasan, pressed a switch. Packed with a deadly mix of TNT, potassium chlorate and aluminum powder stuffed into plastic filing cabinets, the deadly vehicle exploded, blasting a crater in the road.
She realised the hot painful feeling was coming from her back and shoulders and thought maybe her bather top was too tight. She pulled it off and asked Nicole if her back was alright. Nicole said it looked fine. But now at the hospital the pain was excruciating. As she ran her hand over her back she felt huge blisters. Natalie had been badly burned by the blast but with the shock of the aftermath and the focus on Nicole she had pushed her pain into the back of her mind. The photos taken of her back later show the whole back fiery red and the clear white imprints of the dress straps which protected tiny ribbons of skin.
Accidental Heroes. True Stories of Ordinary Australians Who Risked Their Lives to Save Others by Xavier Duff