A St John ambulance officer was dragged to the ground and allegedly assaulted while on duty in Whanganui.
Two ambulance officers, one male and one female, were called to a medical incident in Alma Rd just after 10.30am on Thursday.
The man was approached by a bystander, dragged to the ground and allegedly repeatedly punched in the chest, said St John Whanganui territory manager Nigel Watson.
The officer suffered hand injuries resulting in a fracture and dislocation, and was taken to Whanganui Hospital's emergency department in a moderate condition, Watson said.
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Both ambulance officers involved were stood down and will continue to be
supported by St John.
The patient who the ambulance officers had arrived to help was also taken to the hospital.
"St John personnel are caring, non-judgmental medical professionals. It is disappointing that some members of the public think they have the right to assault emergency service workers who are trying to help them or their loved ones," Watson said.
"While we all understand emotions can run high at emergency incidents, assaults against St John and any other emergency service workers are unacceptable at any time and in any
"St John takes very seriously the safety of its officers and has systems, alerts and
supportive measures in place to ensure their security and wellbeing. Our ambulance officers receive training to help them recognise dangerous situations and have processes to withdraw or not enter until back up arrives."
Police are undertaking inquiries and one person has been taken into custody.