We are devastated by the death of paramedic and registered nurse, Steven Tougher, who had his life taken while working in south west Sydney on Friday morning.
NSWNMA General Secretary, Shaye Candish, said it was shattering to hear a healthcare worker had their life taken in the line of duty.
“Our hearts go out to Steven’s family, friends and colleagues who face this awful tragedy,” Ms Candish said.
“It’s heartbreaking when a healthcare worker doesn’t get to go home. Nurses and paramedics live our lives to help others, this is just senseless.
“Our thoughts are also with the nurses and healthcare workers at Liverpool hospital who did all they could to save Steven’s life, and his current and past colleagues who will be impacted by his death.”
Emma Gedge, NSWNMA Councillor and midwife, spoke on behalf of Illawarra nurses and midwives who worked alongside Steven.
“Steven was our friend and colleague. A dedicated nurse and staunch union activist, Steven never hesitated to help people, no matter the circumstances. As a NSWNMA Branch Official, Steven never stopped advocating for his colleagues and patients. We will never forget his big smiles, cheeky giggles and charismatic personality,” Ms Gedge said.
“Steven was a true hero with the kindest soul, who worked towards his dream of becoming a paramedic for many years. He was a loving son, partner, father and friend. We are devastated by this senseless loss and send our deepest sympathies to Steven’s family.”