Emotional moment: Family of paramedic who was ‘stabbed to death’ breaks down as they visit the McDonald’s where he died – when his distraught father makes an exciting phone call
- Paramedic father calls for strict new law
- Steven Tougher, 29, was stabbed outside McDonald’s
- Family visits the Campbeltown fast food restaurant where he died
The family of a paramedic violently stabbed to death has demanded a change in the law when visiting the fast food restaurant where he first died.
Steven Tougher was reportedly killed outside Campbelltown McDonald’s, in western Sydney, last Friday morning when police claimed a man had pulled open the door of his ambulance and stabbed him repeatedly.
Police allege Jordan Fineanganofo, 21, unleashed a “frenzied” and “unprovoked” attack on the newlywed father. Fineanganofo was charged with murder and is on remand in Long Bay Jail’s mental health facility.
On Wednesday, about 20 of Mr Tougher’s relatives and loved ones gathered around a floral tribute that has been flung up outside the restaurant. Together they hugged and cried as they added flowers one by one to the growing shrine.
The family of paramedic Steven Tougher who was killed in a McDonald’s parking lot have visited the place where he died for the first time as they advocate for Steven’s law to be enacted.
Steven’s father Jeff, mother Gillian, sister Jessica and wife Madison stood arm in arm as Mr. Tougher gave a heartfelt speech demanding tougher sentences for crimes against first responders. They argue for the ‘Steven’s law’.
“Steven touched the lives of everyone he met and it’s ironic that he touched so much more with his death,” said Jeff Tougher.
“From the day he was born, he wanted to be ambo.. my chest fills with pride when I think of what he has achieved, but also with sadness for what we have lost.
‘This should not be forgotten as yet another incident.
“We need to change the laws to protect those who put themselves out there to make the community a better place. I will fight for these changes.
“I suggest the changes be called Steven’s Law.”
Jeff insists he will fight for the change to better protect frontline workers and is working with the newly elected Minns Labor government to make it happen.
Steven’s father Jeff gave a heartfelt speech on Wednesday demanding tougher penalties for those who attack frontline workers at work and it’s called Steven’s Law, named in honor of the paramedic
Steven Tougher (pictured) was killed Friday morning during a break at Campbelltown McDonald’s, after a man allegedly ripped open the door of his ambulance and stabbed him about 50 times
At the time of his death, Steven was newly married. His wife Madison expects to give their second in a few weeks.
He had only done his dream job as a paramedic for a year.
His father Jeff first pitched the idea for the new law on social media.
“I want you to support me in an effort to advocate for tougher laws to protect these people who serve the community with such passion and dedication,” Jeff wrote.
“I am asking for these laws to protect the service community so they don’t have to look over their shoulder while resuscitating an unconscious baby.
“If you are shocked by what happened to my son, please use that energy to support me in this quest to create a safer workplace for all service members.
And finally, please advocate that they be called Steven’s law. We can’t let the fear we feel be wasted so frivolously as my son.”
a GoFundMe The campaign launched in support of Mr. Tougher’s pregnant widow, Madison, whom he only married about a month ago, has raised more than $450,000.