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A California man who helped free a family trapped in a van after a rollover crash received a reward for his good deed: a $143 bill.

It all started when Derrick DeAnda came upon the vehicle laying on its side, with a father and his three children stuck inside.

DeAnda heroically broke the windshield to free them before first responders arrived.

He said he was shocked when he later received a bill in the mail from the Cosumnes Community Services District.

DeAnda was was apparently billed because he became a "patient" at the scene when he asked first responders for a bottle of water to clean out a small cut he received during the rescue and paramedics asked him several questions.

"Why would I want to stop to help somebody if I’m going to get a bill for $150?” DeAnda said to a local station.

“We’re obligated to provide the same level of service, the same billing, the same everything, for every patient we encounter,” Deputy Chief Mike McLaughlin explained.

McLaughlin added that this is a "unique situation" and he would like to see the fee waived.

DeAnda said he plans to appeal and hopes the matter is resolved before it goes to collections.

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