|Randy Gillingham, 61, poses for a photo in Edmonton, Thursday June 7, 2012. (David Bloom/QMI Agency)
EDMONTON -- When Randy Gillingham placed a call to police to report a suspected drunk driver, he didn't expect to be the victim of a brutal assault.
The 61-year-old grandfather was beaten within an inch of his life by six people early Sunday at Wabamun Lake, 65 kilometres west of Edmonton, where he was camping for the weekend with his wife.
Now, he's looking for the man who saved his life and other witnesses to come forward so all those responsible are caught. RCMP have already charged two men in the attack.
"Nobody should have to face this," said Gillingham, reached Thursday at his Edmonton home, where he's recovering from his injuries.
"I'm not going after them for charges out of vengeance, I'm looking out for others because the next person who tries this could be dead."
Waking up at 3 a.m. at Wabamun Lake Provincial Park to the sound of loud music and drunken partying, Gillingham left his camper to have a smoke.
The noise wasn't a bother, said Gillingham, but when the group got into their truck and started stunting and speeding around the campsite, he knew he had to act.
He called the police to report the suspected drunk driver and the officer asked him to try and get the truck's license plate number.
When Gillingham moved out onto the road to try and see the truck, it stopped and two men hopped off the tailgate and approached him.
Gillingham had his phone out and was attempting to re-dial the police when one of the men sucker-punched him to the ground.
"They really started beating on me then," Gillingham said. "One guy was on my back, and he lifted my chin with his left arm and started punching me with his right fist as hard as he could."
Still clutching his phone, Gillingham says he was kicked in the head repeatedly. Bloody and bruised, one of the women snatched his phone while shouting, "Kill the snitch. Show him what we do to snitches."
Thankfully, a fellow camper came to his rescue. The man, who Gillingham says was built like a bodybuilder, heard the assault and intervened.
"I heard a voice saying 'That's enough. You're killing him' and the next thing I know he picked them up and I could feel their weight coming off me."
The three men and three women climbed back in their truck and left, but not before issuing Gillingham a warning: "Call the cops again and we'll be back to finish the job."
Stony Plain RCMP and Emergency Services arrived shortly after 4 a.m. and Gillingham was escorted by police to the party's campsite where the two men were promptly arrested.
Suffering from two black eyes, and several cuts and bruises to his face and body, Gillingham says he's grateful for the man who helped him.
"Without this guy, I'd be dead," he said. "They weren't stopping."
Gillingham is asking for anyone who saw the attack to come forward to the RCMP. He hopes his story will be a cautionary tale for Good Samaritans who try and report suspected drunk drivers.
"I'm trying to tell people: Don't approach them. You never know what you could get yourself into. They could want to kill you."
Stony Plain RCMP confirmed a 29-year-old man and a 30-year-old man have been charged with assault and are expected to appear in Stony Plain court July 18.