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Good Samaritan Rescues Family, Gets A Bill

| by Nicholas Roberts
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A good Samaritan in California who helped a family escape from a crashed vehicle has received a bill in the mail for his act of kindness.

Derrick Deanda says he was present when he saw a frightening roll-over crash that trapped a man and his 3 children inside the car, according to CBS News.

"I pulled up right as it happened," said Deanda. "There was a guy standing inside the van, because it was on its side, holding a 2-year-old infant."

Deanda was able to free the family from the vehicle before paramedics arrived by breaking one of the car's windows; no one was harmed during the incident.

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Several weeks later, Deanda got a bill in the mail from the Cosumnes Community Services District for $143. The bill was a first-responder fee, although Deanda said paramedics only checked his pulse and gave him a bottle of water at the scene of the incident.

Deputy Chief Mike McLaughlin said Deanda was billed because the department has an obligation to "provide the same level of service, the same billing, the same everything for every patient we encounter." Deanda technically became a patient when paramedics arrived on the scene, McLaughlin told KMAX.

"This is truly a unique situation. In my 28 years, this is my first time I've run into a situation similar to this."

Deanda says he plans to appeal the matter and have the bill waived, before the case goes to collections.

Sources: CBS News, KMAX / Photo credit: CBS News

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