WESTERN Australia’s second most senior firefighter Lloyd Bailey is in hospital with serious head injuries after being attacked and bashed in Perth.
Mr Bailey, 59, the Department of Fire and Emergency Service’s deputy commissioner was walking along the Wellington Street pedestrian overpass near Perth train station at about 9.35pm on Saturday.
He was confronted by a man he did not know who attacked him, police say.
The man then allegedly assaulted him by hitting him to the head and face, causing him to lose consciousness.
He fled the area, but was arrested by police a short time later.
Mr Bailey was take to Royal Perth Hospital where he remains in a serious condition with bleeding on the brain and facial fractures.
Mr Bailey has more than 39 years experience in fire and emergency services, having been a volunteer firefighter before joining the WA Fire Brigades Board in 1980 as a recruit.
Frank Shane Bropho, 49, of Northbridge, was charged over the assault with doing an unlawful act with intent to harm.
He was remanded in custody after facing court on Sunday and is due to appear again in Perth Magistrates Court on March 7.