A man who helped a family involved in a horrific car crash was billed nearly $150 from first responders for his heroic act.
Derrick DeAnda immediately jumped into action upon witnessing a van rolled over on the road.
“I pulled up right as it happened," he said. "There was a guy standing inside the van, because it was on its side, holding a 2-year-old infant."
DeAnda broke the glass to free the father and his three children trapped inside before an ambulance arrived. Thankfully, no one was injured.
Yet months later DeAnda received a bill for $143.
After the alarming incident, the California resident asked the first responders for a bottle of water to wash off the cut on his hand. The paramedics then examined the scrape and asked him a few questions. A simple bottle of water somehow warranted a hundred dollar fee.
Deputy Chief Mike McLaughlin of Consumnes Fire Department admitted his district billed the good Samaritan.
“We’re obligated to provide the same level of service, the same billing, the same everything, for every patient we encounter,” he told KOVR-TV.
McLaughlin advocated he would like to see the fee waived.
“This is truly a unique situation,” he said. “In my 28 years, this is my first time I’ve run into a situation similar to this.”
DeAnda is currently appealing the ludicrous charge.
“Makes you wonder why people don't want to stop to help at an accident scene,” DeAnda bemoaned in a Facebook post.
But the unlikely hero noted he doesn’t regret his quick decision-making.
“All I can say is the look on the man's face when I was able to break that windshield and get him and his kids out of that vehicle was all the thanks I needed,” DeAnda wrote.
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