ALEXIS Felstein says Brett Fuller saved her life, but the humble Lismore cabbie says it was Ms Felstein's will to live that let her survive a vicious and random stabbing.
"Sometimes you can tell just by looking at someone's face that they are a nice person," Ms Felstein, 17, said.
"I think he was a hero."
The man accused of stabbing Ms Felstein eight times near Lismore City Hall, Joseph Carter, 22, of Casino, yesterday had his case mentioned at Lismore Local Court.
Carter, who faces charges of attempted murder and grievous bodily harm, remained in the cells below the courthouse while his case was briefly discussed and did not apply for bail.
He was remanded in custody to appear at the court again on December 16.
Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay also praised Mr Fuller.
I can tell you a story about the bravest little girl I have ever met. She had the will to live, she never gave up. I'm not the hero.
- Brett Fuller
His actions saved the life of Ms Felstein who was the victim of an alleged vicious, unprovoked attack, he said.
"We will allege that without his quick action she would have died," Insp Lindsay said.
Ms Felstein was "very close to dying," and the cab driver put his own safety on the line to intervene, he said.
The cab driver also gave details about the alleged attacker's escape that allowed the police to find the suspect in Casino in rapid time he said.
Paul Felstein, the victim's father, used to be a taxi driver and knew it took commitment to get out of cab to help someone in the dead of night.
"We are certain he saved her life," Mr Felstein said.
"For a gentle man he did something incredibly brave."
If that's not enough, Mr Fuller has also won the admiration of locals on social media, with many people singing his praises on The Northern Star's Facebook page yesterday.
But a modest Mr Fuller denied he was a hero, believing he did only what anybody else in a similar situation would have done.
"I can tell you a story about the bravest little girl I have ever met," he said.
"She had the will to live, she never gave up. I'm not the hero."
Mr Fuller went to school in Lismore and returned to town in 2012, after 15 years away.
He has been a cab driver for about a year.
"I'm a normal bloke. I am a taxi driver, not a hero," he said.