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 incredible braveness, self-sacrifice and private trimph. They make for relocating, occasionally terrifying, and continually heart-warming interpreting. unintentional Heroes is a reminder of the energy of the human spirit, in an age once we desire it such a lot.
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At the end of the street there was a ute onto which people were loading themselves. She and the man she never found out his identity picked up the chair and carried Nicole 50 metres down the street to the ute. ‘‘I was screaming the whole time at people to help us. I just couldn’t understand why they were just standing there doing nothing. It really, really annoyed me,’ she says with classic understatement. Natalie struggled to carry the chair but eventually another man took over from her and carried it the rest of the way.
But you don’t ever get an answer as to why she was more injured and I wasn’t or why we had to go there that night or why it had to be that night the bombers attacked, or why we even decided to go to Bali in the first place. Because you keep thinking if only we hadn’t gone out that night or went somewhere different. But in the end you just go round in circles and you never get an answer. ’ Natalie suffered some anxiety attacks in the months after Bali and she was still slightly fearful of enclosed crowded places but she was getting better with it.
Vitkovic then descended to the 11th floor after making his way from the carnage on the floor above. ‘We heard some screaming from the lift lobby and we turned around and there was this guy shouting and shooting. It took a while to register what was happening. There was a sense of disbelief, that this couldn’t really be happening,’ Tony said. This was Melbourne after all and wild gunmen don’t figure in your mental calculations of what could be happening. For Tony and his colleagues nothing could have been further from their experience.
Accidental Heroes. True Stories of Ordinary Australians Who Risked Their Lives to Save Others by Xavier Duff