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Wednesday 17 August 2016

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, congratulates the Queensland recipients of the following bravery awards:

AWARDED THE STAR OF COURAGE (SC)

Mr Peter Robert HACKWOOD

Mr  Clinten Thomas McCARTHY

Mr Jake Paul SULLIVAN

Mr Nathan James THOMPSON

On the evening of 5 September 2014, Messrs Peter Hackwood, Clinten McCarthy, Jake Sullivan and Nathan Thompson from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) assisted in the rescue of people after a truck accident near Charleville in south western Queensland.

At about 9pm a B-double truck carrying over 52 tonnes of a highly explosive chemical crashed off the Angellala Creek Bridge on the Mitchell Highway and burst into flames. The driver, who was severely injured, managed to get out of the truck's cabin and crawl up onto the bridge.

Two passing truck drivers arrived on the scene and noticed that the cabin of the overturned truck was well alight and beginning to melt. Minor explosions were occurring, as black smoke and 10 metre high flames were visible. They attended to the injured truck driver, administering first aid and providing comfort. 

Four QFES firefighters from the Charleville Station, Messrs Hackwood, McCarthy, Sullivan and Thompson, arrived on the scene and, despite the considerable risk of a major explosion, they stayed to assist the injured driver. At this stage the burning truck exploded, sending debris into the air. A second explosion and shockwave quickly followed causing extensive damage to the surrounding area. They, along with the two passing truck drivers and the injured man, sustained significant injuries as they were only about 30 metres from the exploding vehicle.

The QFES firefighters and one of the truck drivers supported each other on foot from the scene.  They met a Queensland police officer and QFES inspector and advised them that two people were still at the site of the accident.  They were then transported to hospital.

By their actions, Messrs Hackwood, McCarthy, Sullivan and Thompson displayed conspicuous courage.

AWARDED THE BRAVERY MEDAL (BM)

Detective Senior Constable (Now Senior Sergeant) Peter John BOWSER

In the early afternoon of 2 November 1998, Detective Senior Sergeant (then Detective Senior Constable) Peter Bowser assisted in the removal of a suspected explosive device from an offender at Logan in Queensland.

A man, who appeared to be affected by alcohol, entered the Logan Central Police Station regarding a personal matter. When police checked their records they found an outstanding warrant for his arrest. As an officer approached the man he became extremely agitated, pulled what appeared to be a home-made explosive device from his briefcase, and threatened to 'take out' as many as he could.

Other police officers immediately lunged at the offender and a struggle ensued.  An officer grabbed the briefcase from the man's lap, while another officer managed to wrest the device from the man's hand, pulled it away, and ran with the device to a nearby park where he held onto the device's spring loaded mechanism. The second officer also ran to the park with the offender's briefcase.
 
Detective Senior Constable Bowser interviewed the offender who stated that the device contained explosives. He then drove a police vehicle to the park and, despite placing himself in danger, placed a ballistic vest on the officer holding the device before examining it with a torch. He later assisted another officer until Bomb Squad experts arrived and determined that it would not detonate. The other devices which were found in the offender's briefcase were disarmed and destroyed.
 
By his actions, Detective Senior Sergeant Bowser displayed considerable bravery.

Senior Constable Mark Patrick EVERITT

On the evening of 5 September 2014, Senior Constable Mark Everitt assisted in the rescue of people after a truck accident near Charleville in south western Queensland

At about 9pm a B-double truck carrying over 52 tonnes of a highly explosive chemical crashed off the Angellala Creek Bridge on the Mitchell Highway and burst into flames. The driver, who was severely injured, managed to get out of the truck's cabin and crawl up onto the bridge.

Two passing truck drivers arrived on the scene and noticed that the cabin of the overturned truck was well alight and beginning to melt. Minor explosions were occurring, as black smoke and 10 metre high flames were visible. They attended to the injured truck driver, administering first aid and providing comfort. 

Four Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) firefighters from the Charleville Station arrived on the scene and went to assist the injured driver. Not long after, the burning truck exploded, sending debris into the air. A second explosion and shock wave quickly followed, causing extensive damage to the surrounding area. The firefighters, the injured man and the two truck drivers sustained significant injuries as they were only about 30 metres from the exploding vehicle.

Senior Constable Everitt and another Queensland Police Service (QPS) officer responded to the incident and established a cordon about 1km from the site. Three Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) paramedics and a QFES inspector then arrived on the scene.

Senior Constable Everitt and the QFES inspector saw the four QFES firefighters and one of the truck drivers walking towards them and supporting each other. They advised Senior Constable Everitt that two more people remained at the scene. The injured men were then transported to hospital.

Despite the hazardous environment and possibility of further explosions, Senior Constable Everitt, his colleague, and the QFES inspector then went to the crash site where they encountered the second motorist still assisting the truck driver. He assessed the two injured men and had a QAS paramedic brought to the site. When a cloud of toxic smoke rising from a damaged bag in close proximity to the victim was observed, the injured men were evacuated and all first responders quickly left the scene.

By his actions, Senior Constable Everitt displayed considerable bravery.

Mr Michael Bradley HADJ

On the evening of 5 September 2014, Mr Michael Hadj assisted in the rescue of people after a truck accident near Charleville in south western Queensland.

At about 9pm a B-double truck carrying over 52 tonnes of a highly explosive chemical crashed off the Angellala Creek Bridge on the Mitchell Highway and burst into flames. The driver, who was severely injured, managed to get out of the truck's cabin and crawl up onto the bridge.

Two passing truck drivers arrived on the scene and noticed that the cabin of the overturned truck was well alight and beginning to melt. Minor explosions were occurring, as black smoke and 10 metre high flames were visible. They attended to the injured truck driver, administering first aid and providing comfort.

Four Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) firefighters from the Charleville Station then arrived and went to assist the injured driver. Not long after, the burning truck exploded, sending debris into the air. A second explosion and shockwave quickly followed, causing extensive damage to surrounding area. The two passing truck drivers, the injured truck driver and the four QFES firefighters sustained significant injuries as they were only 30 metres from the exploding vehicle.

Two Queensland Police Service (QPS) officers responded to the incident and established a cordon about 1km from the site. Mr Hadj and two other Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) paramedics and a QFES inspector arrived on the scene. 

When the four QFES firefighters and one of the truck drivers emerged from the scene with multiple injuries and in shock, Mr Hadj's colleagues triaged the men, provided vital initial treatment to the injured and then transported them to Charleville Hospital.

Despite the hazardous environment and possibility of further explosions, Mr Hadj then attended the site to treat the two remaining injured men. He organised for the truck driver to be evacuated and then turned his attention to the injured driver who had suffered severe burns.  When he observed a cloud of toxic smoke rising from a damaged bag in close proximity he quickly completed his initial treatment and assisted in the evacuation of all personnel from the scene.

By his actions, Mr Hadj displayed considerable bravery.

Senior Constable Kenric Robert HEAD

On the evening of 5 September 2014, Senior Constable (then Constable) Kenric Head assisted in the rescue of people after a truck accident near Charleville in south western Queensland

At about 9pm a B-double truck carrying over 52 tonnes of a highly explosive chemical crashed off the Angellala Creek Bridge on the Mitchell Highway and burst into flames. The driver, who was severely injured, managed to get out of the truck's cabin and crawl up onto the bridge.

Two passing truck drivers arrived on the scene and noticed that the cabin of the over turned truck was well alight and beginning to melt. Minor explosions were occurring, as black smoke and 10 metre high flames were visible. They attended to the injured truck driver, administering first aid and providing comfort.

Four Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) firefighters from the Charleville Station arrived on the scene and went to assist the injured driver. Not long after, the burning truck exploded, sending debris into the air. A second explosion and shock wave quickly followed, causing extensive damage to the surrounding area. The firefighters, the injured man and the two truck drivers sustained significant injuries as they were only about 30 metres from the exploding vehicle.
 
Constable Head and another Queensland Police Service (QPS) officer responded to the incident and established a cordon about 1km from the site. Three Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) paramedics and a QFES inspector then arrived on the scene.

Constable Head and the QFES inspector saw the four QFES firefighters and one of the truck drivers walking towards them and supporting each other. They advised Constable Head that two more people remained at the scene. The injured men were then transported to hospital.

Despite the hazardous environment and possibility of further explosions, Constable Head, his colleague, and the QFES inspector proceeded to the crash site where they encountered the second motorist still assisting the truck driver. Constable Head immediately brought a QAS paramedic to the site. When a cloud of toxic smoke rising from a damaged bag in close proximity to the victim was observed, the injured men were evacuated and all first responders quickly left the scene.

By his actions, Senior Constable Head displayed considerable bravery.

Ms Phoebe Sylvia KAHLO

In 2015, Ms Phoebe Kahlo rescued an elderly woman from a burning house in Brisbane, Queensland.

 Ms Kahlo and her partner were inside their residence when her partner smelt smoke and, on further investigation, saw that their elderly neighbour's house was on fire. They immediately called 000 before they went to the house and observed significant fire and smoke beginning to engulf the ground floor of the two storey timber Queenslander.

Ms Kahlo entered the front door and, despite the thick toxic smoke, searched the house and found the woman in her bedroom on the second storey. Ms Kahlo alerted the woman to the fire but she was disoriented and resisted her pleas to leave the house. With the smoke intensifying,           Ms Kahlo picked the woman up from her bed and began to carry her through the smoke filled house.

Meanwhile, Ms Kahlo's partner had entered the front of the house and encountered Ms Kahlo and the woman in the lounge room. He assisted them both out of the house to safety.
 
By her actions, Ms Kahlo displayed considerable bravery.

Mr Shane Colin TAWSE

On 24 December 2015, Mr Shane Tawse entered a burning home to rescue a woman in Kingston, Queensland.

Mr Tawse noticed smoke billowing from a home in Poinciana Street, Kingston and proceeded to drive into the street, stopping his vehicle on the opposite side of the road to the burning home. He noticed that the 2nd floor of the building was fully ablaze and a woman in the driveway attempting to extinguish the ferocious flames with a garden hose.

When neighbours realised that the occupant of the home was not accounted for, Mr Tawse, without any thought for his own safety, left his car and ran across the road towards the burning residence. He tried unsuccessfully to enter the front of the house but the front door was locked and he couldn't get in through the windows. After several attempts he quickly moved to the back of the property and found the occupant and her three dogs inside the house. He dragged the elderly occupant clear of the home just as fire engulfed the building.
 
By his actions, Mr Tawse displayed considerable bravery.

Sergeant Paul David WILLIAMS

In the early afternoon of 2 November 1998, Sergeant (then Senior Constable) Paul Williams assisted in the removal of a suspected explosive device from an offender at Logan, Queensland.

A man, who appeared to be affected by alcohol, entered the Logan Central Police Station on a personal matter. When the police checked their records they found an outstanding warrant for his arrest. As an officer approached the man he became extremely agitated, pulled what appeared to be a home-made explosive device from his briefcase, and threatened to 'take out' as many as he could.

Other police officers immediately lunged at the offender and a struggle ensued. Senior Constable Williams went to assist, and despite being warned that explosives were present, grabbed the briefcase from the offender's lap. Another officer managed to wrest the device from the offender's hands and ran to a nearby park. Senior Constable Williams also ran to the park with the briefcase and kept watch over it. The officer holding the device had a ballistic vest placed on him until the Bomb Squad experts arrived and determined that the device would not detonate.  
 
On examining the briefcase that Senior Constable Williams had removed from the offender, Bomb Squad experts determined that it contained four primed IED pipe bombs and a quantity of ammunition. Subsequently all devices were disarmed and destroyed.
 
By his actions, Sergeant Williams displayed considerable bravery.

Mr Marcus WILSON NSC

On the afternoon of 11 October 2015, Mr Wilson was involved in the rescue of several people following a fatal helicopter crash in Kabul, Afghanistan.

At about 4.15pm a British Royal Air Force Puma helicopter crashed on a road junction in Kabul.   Mr Wilson ran towards the downed aircraft to assist. There was a significant amount of aviation fuel pouring from the ruptured tanks and the cockpit had been partially torn open, with one of the two pilots showing signs of life.
 
As an Australian Army Officer prepared to climb into the passenger compartment, fire extinguishers were activated, releasing intensely noxious fumes and smoke. People near the aircraft were forced to withdraw until the fumes subsided. Mr Wilson approached the scene and entered the wreckage as the injured were slowly being extracted and treated.
 
Mr Wilson began to treat and recover some of the injured as a large crowd began to assemble, impeding rescue activities. At this point the Australian Army Officer assumed the role of command and control, establishing an initial cordon and moving all non-essential people outside of the perimeter.
 
Despite the threat posed by leaking fuel, the possible detonation of explosives, and the noxious gas from the fire retardant system, Mr Wilson remained inside the fuselage triaging the injured and assisting with their treatment and evacuation.
 
By his actions, Mr Wilson displayed considerable bravery.

AWARDED THE COMMENDATION FOR BRAVE CONDUCT

Mr Mark Alexander BARNES

On the evening of 2 March 2013, Mr Mark Barnes assisted in the rescue of a man who was clinging to a capsized kayak in rough conditions off Barrenjoey Headland at Broken Bay in New South Wales.

Mr Barnes and another fisherman were in Smiths Creek participating in a local fishing competition when they received a distress call. They immediately made their way to the Barrenjoey area and were advised that a kayaker had capsized off the headland and was struggling to stay afloat.
 
Despite the rough conditions, Mr Barnes and the other fisherman headed out in the driving rain and large waves to the area where the kayaker was last seen clinging to his upturned kayak, but were unable to locate him. While the other fisherman placed the vessel into neutral and used his boating experience to assess the surface currents to allow it to drift in the same direction as the kayaker, Mr Barnes began to bail sea water from their vessel.
 
Using floodlights they spotted the kayaker who was about three kilometres out to sea. The other fisherman navigated the vessel towards the distressed kayaker and on reaching him Mr Barnes threw a rope to him and he was dragged aboard before returning to shore.
 
For his actions, Mr Barnes is commended for brave conduct.

Mr Christopher Kevin BESTON

Early on the morning of 6 January 2012, Mr Christopher Beston disarmed a patient who had threatened him with a knife at a hospital in Queensland.

Mr Beston was on duty as a hospital Security Officer when he was informed that a man had climbed a tree and was threatening self-harm. Mr Beston and three colleagues responded to the scene where they located and observed the man, who was visibly distressed, speaking to the 000 operator on his mobile phone.

The officers spoke to the man for a few minutes before they managed to talk him down from the tree. They escorted the man, who was extremely agitated and abusive, to the triage emergency department where, soon after, he threatened to kill a nurse and then himself.
 
Mr Beston attempted to again calm the man who had become extremely aggressive and removed a knife from his bag and pointed it at Mr Beston's face.

Mr Beston grabbed hold of the offender's right wrist and arm. The man began to thrash about and Mr Beston managed to force the offender to release the knife before it was taken from the area. The offender was then placed into a secure mental health area for treatment.

For his actions, Mr Beston is commended for brave conduct.

Mr Craig Andrew CASH

In the early morning of 4 January 2013, Mr Craig Cash assisted in the rescue of two women who were caught in a rip at Surfers Paradise in Queensland.

Mr Cash was walking home when he noticed police going into the surf at the Esplanade and went to the water's edge. He saw a police officer carrying a girl from the water and saw another girl in trouble in a rip with another police officer trying to reach her.
 
Mr Cash entered the surf and swam out to the two in the water. Mr Cash and the police officer each grabbed hold of the victim and began to swim to shore. As the police officer assisted,
Mr Cash dragged the woman in a 'lifeguard grip' until they reached safer water. The woman was then carried to shore where she was provided with medical assistance.
 
For his actions, Mr Cash is commended for brave conduct.

Constable Logan Tristan De COSTA

On the evening of 5 September 2014, Constable Logan De Costa assisted in the rescue of people after a truck accident near Charleville in south western Queensland

At about 9pm a B-double truck carrying over 52 tonnes of the highly explosive chemical, Ammonium Nitrate, crashed off the Angellala Creek Bridge on the Mitchell Highway and burst into flames. The driver, who was severely injured, managed to get out of the truck's cabin and crawl up onto the bridge.

Two passing truck drivers arrived on the scene and noticed that the cabin of the overturned truck was well alight and beginning to melt. Minor explosions were occurring, as black smoke and 10 metre high flames were visible. They attended to the injured truck driver, administering first aid and providing comfort.

As Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) firefighters from the Charleville Station arrived to assist the injured driver, the burning truck exploded, sending debris into the air. A second explosion and shockwave quickly followed, causing extensive damage to surrounding area. The men at the site sustained significant injuries as they were only 30 metres from the exploding vehicle.

The QFES firefighters and one of the truck drivers supported each other on foot from the scene.  They met a Queensland police officer and QFES inspector and advised them that two people were still at the site of the accident.  The injured men were then transported to hospital and two QPS officers, a paramedic and the inspector attended the crash site.

Arriving later to the crash site Constable De Costa encountered the second motorist still assisting the truck driver. Constable De Costa provided assistance to the injured driver. When a cloud of toxic smoke rising from a damaged bag was observed, the injured men were evacuated and Constable De Costa and the other first responders quickly left the scene.
 
For his actions, Constable De Costa is commended for brave conduct.

Mr John Norman GILBERT

On the evening of 5 September 2014, Mr John Gilbert assisted in the rescue of people after a truck accident near Charleville in south western Queensland.

At about 9pm a B-double truck carrying over 52 tonnes of a highly explosive chemical crashed off the Angellala Creek Bridge on the Mitchell Highway and burst into flames. The driver, who was severely injured, managed to get out of the truck's cabin and crawl up onto the bridge.

Two passing truck drivers arrived on the scene and noticed that the cabin of the overturned truck was well alight and beginning to melt. Minor explosions were occurring, as black smoke and 10 metre high flames were visible. They attended to the injured truck driver, administering first aid and providing comfort.

As Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) firefighters from the Charleville Station arrived to assist the injured driver, the burning truck exploded, sending debris into the air. A second explosion and shockwave quickly followed, causing extensive damage to surrounding area. The men at the site sustained significant injuries as they were only 30 metres from the exploding vehicle.

Mr Gilbert and two other Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) paramedics and a QFES inspector arrived on the scene. When the four QFES firefighters and one of the truck drivers emerged from the scene with multiple injuries and in shock, Mr Gilbert and his colleague triaged the men, provided vital initial treatment to the injured and then transported them to Charleville Hospital.  They restocked their vehicle and returned to the scene to treat those still in the area.

When the second truck driver was evacuated from the site Mr Gilbert and his colleague took him to hospital.

For his actions, Mr Gilbert is commended for brave conduct.

Senior Constable Steven Adrian GOODALL

On the evening of 14 March 2015, Senior Constable Steven Goodall and a colleague rescued a man who was threatening to set himself on fire at Carina Heights in Queensland.

Senior Constable Goodall and his colleague became aware of a siege situation at a residence in Carina Heights. Upon arrival they were instructed to relieve colleagues on the inner cordon in the yard of the house. The dwelling was in darkness due to the electricity being shut off. Negotiations were in progress with the offender through a side window.

After negotiations failed, the officers observed large flames and a bright orange glow coming from inside the dwelling. The odour of fuel was coming from the residence as Senior Constable Goodall and his colleague entered the dwelling. They observed the drenched offender holding a metal fuel can, with flames coming from it. The offender immediately ran towards the officers as he was swinging the fuel can at them. The can hit Senior Constable Goodall on the right forearm.

Both officers engaged in a brief struggle with the offender, forcing him to another area of the house which then enabled a member of the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service to aim a stream of water from a fire hose at the offender, knocking him to the ground and allowing Senior Constable Goodall and his colleague to restrain him.
 
For his actions, Senior Constable Goodall is commended for brave conduct.

Senior Constable Ammon Smiler HAPI

In the early morning of 4 January 2013, Senior Constable (then Constable) Ammon Hapi assisted in the rescue of two women who were caught in a rip at Surfers Paradise in Queensland.

Constable Hapi and a colleague were patrolling the foreshore esplanade when they observed a small group of people walking towards the sand. Concerned for their welfare, as the officers believed they had been drinking, the officers parked their vehicle and approached the group. They then saw one of the group frantically waving his arms at them and they sprinted down to the water's edge. Constable Hapi was told that two women had entered the dangerous surf and he and the other officer immediately entered the water.
 
While his colleague went to rescue one woman, Constable Hapi swam out past the breakers to reach the other woman who was caught in the strong current. When a member of the public also swam out to assist, they grabbed the woman and began to swim to shore.
 
Constable Hapi felt himself being dragged by the rip but continued to push the woman, with the assistance of another swimmer, towards safer water. On reaching safer water the woman was then carried to shore where she was provided with medical assistance.
 
For his actions, Senior Constable Hapi is commended for brave conduct.

Mr Samuel Elijah HIRVI

In the late afternoon of 2 May 2015, Mr Samuel Hirvi assisted in the rescue of a man trapped in a burning house at Upper Mount Gravatt in Queensland.

An off-duty policeman was driving through Upper Mt Gravatt, when he noticed smoke and flames coming from a house. He immediately stopped to render assistance and quickly instructed bystanders to call for emergency services. He observed billowing smoke and flames coming out of a window on the bottom level of the two story house and saw that the window flyscreens appeared to be riveted closed. Bystanders were yelling that there was someone inside the home. 

At this point, Mr Hirvi arrived and, together with the off-duty policeman, ran to the rear of the house to see if they could get inside. They reached the back door and managed to force it open. As the door opened, Mr Hirvi and the off-duty policeman entered the burning home but they had to quickly retreat due to the amount of smoke.

Undeterred Mr Hirvi and the off-duty policeman then ran to the front of the building where they were joined by three other men. The group was, after several attempts, able to force open a flyscreen and smash a window. The trapped man was then able to be pulled out of the window and away to safety.
 
For his actions, Mr Hirvi is commended for brave conduct.

Mr Chandana KURUPPU

On the evening of 12 February 2015, Mr Chandana Kuruppu rescued a driver from a burning vehicle at Toowoomba in Queensland.

Mr Kuruppu was at his home when he was alerted to a motor vehicle accident. He was the first person to arrive at the scene where a car had crashed into a hedge on the footpath outside a residence. The vehicle and hedge were engulfed with flames and Mr Kuruppu could see a man slumped over the steering wheel. The driver still had his foot on the accelerator and the wheels were spinning.

Mr Kuruppu opened the driver's door and attempted to rouse the driver who was unresponsive. With smoke and flames coming out from the engine bay, Mr Kuruppu unbuckled the driver's seatbelt and managed to remove the man from the car, dragging him to safety.

For his actions, Mr Kuruppu is commended for brave conduct.

Constable Hayden Stuart LEA

On the evening of 14 March 2015, Constable Hayden Lea and a colleague rescued a man who was threatening to set himself on fire at Carina Heights in Queensland. 

Constable Lea and his colleague became aware of a siege situation at a residence in Carina Heights. Upon arrival they were instructed to relieve colleagues on the inner cordon in the yard of the house. The dwelling was in darkness due to the electricity being shut off. Negotiations were in progress with the offender through a side window.

After a period, negotiations failed and the officers observed large flames and a bright orange glow coming from inside the dwelling. The odour of fuel was coming from the residence as Constable Lea and his colleague entered the dwelling. They observed the drenched offender holding a metal fuel can, with flames coming from it. The offender immediately ran towards the officers as he was swinging the fuel can at them. The can hit Constable Lea's colleague on the right forearm.

Both officers engaged in a brief struggle with the offender, forcing him to another area of the house which then enabled a member of the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service to aim a stream of water from a fire hose at the offender, knocking him to the ground and allowing Constable Lea and his colleague to restrain him.
 
For his actions, Constable Lea is commended for brave conduct.

Constable Chance Whetukairangi LIMA

In the early morning of 4 January 2013, Constable Chance Lima assisted during the rescue of two women who were caught in a rip at Surfers Paradise in Queensland.

Constable Lima and a colleague were patrolling the foreshore esplanade when they observed a small group of people walking towards the sand. Concerned for their welfare, as the officers believed they had been drinking, the officers parked their vehicle and approached the group.  They saw one of the group frantically waving his arms at them and they sprinted down to the water's edge. Constable Lima was told that two women had entered the dangerous surf and he and the other officer immediately entered the water.

While his colleague went to rescue the other woman, Constable Lima entered the water fully clothed and met one of the group who was in waist-deep water struggling to hold onto the unresponsive woman. Constable Lima took hold of the woman, dragged her to shore and placed her in the recovery position.
 
For his actions, Constable Lima is commended for brave conduct.

Ms Riley Heather LYE

On the evening of 9 September 2013, Ms Riley Lye assisted in the rescue of a man who was trapped in an overturned truck at Bald Hills in Queensland.

A prime mover truck and trailer was travelling along the Gateway Motorway at Bald Hills when the driver lost control and the truck crashed through the overpass railing of the Gympie Arterial Road. The truck overturned as it fell onto the gravel road below. In complete darkness, and while diesel spilled from the fuel tanks, the driver managed to free himself from the crushed cabin. A male passenger remained trapped in the cabin.
 
Ms Lye was travelling along the motorway with a friend when they saw the accident. Her friend immediately pulled over and Ms Lye called 000, while her friend made his way to the overturned truck on the embankment. Her friend was advised by the truck driver that his passenger remained inside the crushed cabin. Disregarding leaking fuel and oil, Ms Lye's friend entered the wreckage, found the trapped injured man and attempted to reassure him.
 
Other members of the public began to arrive at the scene, with another man crawling into the wreckage to assist Ms Lye's friend. While her friend applied a tourniquet to the man's leg, and the other man reassured the injured passenger, Ms Lye also crawled under the trailer to comfort the injured man despite the threat of fire from the leaking fuel and oil.
 
Soon after Queensland Police Officers arrived at the scene to assist. They crawled under the trailer, attended to the injured passenger and relieved Ms Lye and the two other people.  A short time later the injured man was dragged free of the wreckage and moved to safety.
 
For her actions, Ms Lye is commended for brave conduct.

Senior Constable Dean MAGARRY

On the evening of 4 January 2010, Senior Constable Dean Magarry assisted in the rescue of a driver of an overturned semi-trailer at Rockhampton in Queensland.

Senior Constable Magarry and his partner, who were both off-duty at the time, were driving their vehicle near an intersection in Rockhampton when they saw a semi-trailer begin to tip over as it rounded a corner. As the vehicle continued to tip, it knocked down power lines before it came to rest passenger side down.
 
Senior Constable Magarry, and his partner, immediately went to assist the driver. A downed power line lay under the cabin and diesel fuel had spilled onto the road from the truck's ruptured fuel tanks. As smoke emitted from the rear of the truck and the fuel spread towards the driver's cabin, they rushed to the driver and saw that he had head injuries and was semi-conscious.
 
Whilst his partner called 000, Senior Constable Magarry climbed up to the driver's door and turned the engine off. He then climbed inside the cabin and, after several attempts, managed to kick out the windscreen. With the assistance of a bystander they moved the driver away to safety.
 
For his actions, Senior Constable Magarry is commended for brave conduct.

Senior Sergeant Adrian Paul RIECK

On the evening of 5 September 2014, Senior Sergeant Adrian Rieck assisted in the rescue of people after a truck accident near Charleville in south western Queensland.

At about 9pm a B-double truck carrying over 52 tonnes of the highly explosive chemical, Ammonium Nitrate, crashed off the Angellala Creek Bridge on the Mitchell Highway and burst into flames. The driver, who was severely injured, managed to get out of the truck's cabin and crawl up onto the bridge.

Two passing truck drivers arrived on the scene and noticed that the cabin of the over turned truck was well alight and beginning to melt. Minor explosions were occurring, as black smoke and 10 metre high flames were visible. They attended to the injured truck driver, administering first aid and providing comfort.

As Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) firefighters from the Charleville Station arrived to assist the injured driver, the burning truck exploded, sending debris into the air. A second explosion and shockwave quickly followed, causing extensive damage to surrounding area. The men at the site sustained significant injuries as they were only 30 metres from the exploding vehicle.

The QFES firefighters and one of the truck drivers supported each other on foot from the scene.  They met a Queensland police officer and QFES inspector and advised them two people were still at the site of the accident.  The injured men were then transported to hospital. The injured men were then transported to hospital and two QPS officers, a paramedic and the inspector attended the crash site.

Arriving later at the crash site Senior Sergeant Rieck then joined his QPS colleagues and the QFES inspector and encountered the second motorist still assisting the truck driver. Senior Sergeant Rieck provided assistance to the injured driver. When a cloud of toxic smoke rising from a damaged bag was observed, the injured men were evacuated and Senior Sergeant Rieck and the other first responders quickly left the scene.
 
For his actions, Senior Sergeant Rieck is commended for brave conduct.

Mr Beau Daniel RUSHTON

In 2015, Mr Beau Rushton assisted in the rescue of an elderly woman from a burning house in Brisbane, Queensland.

Mr Rushton and his partner were inside their residence when he smelt smoke and, on further investigation, they saw that their elderly neighbour's house was on fire. They immediately called 000 before they went to the house and observed significant fire and smoke beginning to engulf the ground floor of the two storey wooden Queenslander.

Mr Rushton then followed his partner inside the house, which was filled with toxic smoke, to look for the woman.

He encountered his partner, who was carrying the woman, in the lounge room and assisted them both out of the burning house to safety.

For his actions, Mr Rushton is commended for brave conduct.

Mr Alan James STAINES

On the evening of 9 September 2013, Mr Alan Staines assisted in the rescue of a man who was trapped in an overturned truck at Bald Hills in Queensland.

A prime mover truck and trailer was travelling along the Gateway Motorway at Bald Hills when the driver lost control and the truck crashed through the overpass railing of the Gympie Arterial Road. The truck overturned as it fell onto the gravel road below. In complete darkness and while diesel spilled from the fuel tanks the driver managed to free himself from the crushed cabin. A male passenger remained trapped in the cabin.
 
Mr Staines was travelling along the motorway when he saw the accident. He immediately pulled over and made his way to the overturned truck on the embankment. He came upon the truck driver who said that his passenger remained inside the crushed cabin. Disregarding leaking fuel and oil, Mr Staines went to the cabin where he met another member of the public who was assisting the trapped injured man.
 
Mr Staines crawled inside the cabin and together with the other man managed to lift part a piece of the wreckage off the trapped passenger, allowing him to move slightly and for them to assess his injuries. Mr Staines then reassured the injured passenger while the other man applied a tourniquet to the man's leg. A young woman then crawled inside the cab to comfort the injured man despite the threat of fire from the leaking fuel and oil.
 
Soon after Queensland Police Officers arrived at the scene to assist. They crawled under the trailer, attended to the injured passenger and relieved Mr Staines and the two other people.  A short time later the injured man was dragged free of the wreckage and moved to safety.
 
For his actions, Mr Staines is commended for brave conduct.

Senior Constable Basil Gilbert VAN DONGEN

In the late afternoon of 2 May 2015, Senior Constable Gilbert Van Dongen went to the rescue of a man trapped in a burning house at Upper Mount Gravatt in Queensland.

Senior Constable Van Dongen was off duty and driving through Upper Mt Gravatt when he noticed smoke and flames coming from a house. He immediately stopped to render assistance and quickly instructed bystanders to call for emergency services.
 
He saw billowing smoke and flames coming out of a window on the bottom level of the two story house and saw that the window flyscreens appeared to be riveted closed. He ran to the side of the house and saw that the garage doors were shut and the side gate was locked. He returned to the front of the house as bystanders were yelling that there was someone inside the home.

Together with another man, who was a neighbour, they ran to the rear of the house to see if they could get inside. They reached the back door and managed to force it open. As the door opened, Senior Constable Van Dongen and the other man entered the burning home but had to retreat due to the amount of smoke.

Undeterred he and the other man ran around to the front of the building where they were joined by three other men. The group was, after several attempts, able to force a flyscreen open and smash a downstairs window. The trapped man moved towards the open window where he was able to be pulled out of the house and away to safety.
 
For his actions, Senior Constable Van Dongen is commended for brave conduct.

Mr Liam Colin WALSH

On the evening of 5 September 2014, Mr Liam Walsh assisted in the rescue of people after a truck accident near Charleville in south western Queensland.

At about 9pm a B-double truck carrying over 52 tonnes of a highly explosive chemical crashed off the Angellala Creek Bridge on the Mitchell Highway and burst into flames. The driver, who was severely injured, managed to get out of the truck's cabin and crawl up onto the bridge.

Two passing truck drivers arrived on the scene and noticed that the cabin of the overturned truck was well alight and beginning to melt. Minor explosions were occurring, as black smoke and 10 metre high flames were visible. They attended to the injured truck driver, administering first aid and providing comfort.

As Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) firefighters from the Charleville Station arrived to assist the injured driver, the burning truck exploded, sending debris into the air. A second explosion and shockwave quickly followed, causing extensive damage to surrounding area. The men at the site sustained significant injuries as they were only 30 metres from the exploding vehicle.

Mr Walsh and two other Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) paramedics and a QFES inspector arrived on the scene. When the QFES firefighters and one of the truck drivers emerged from the scene with multiple injuries and in shock, Mr Walsh and his colleague triaged the men, provided vital initial treatment to the injured and then transported them to Charleville Hospital.  They restocked their vehicle and returned to the scene to treat those still in the area.

When the second truck driver was evacuated from the site Mr Walsh and his colleague took him to hospital. 

For his actions, Mr Walsh is commended for brave conduct.

AWARDED THE GROUP BRAVERY CITATION

Awardees are members of the public and Queensland Police, Fire and Ambulance Services who assisted in the rescue of a driver from a chemical laden truck which had crashed at Angellala Creek, Charleville. Queensland on 5 September 2014.

Mr Jimmy Wayne BATEMAN
Mr Timothy John BUNYEN
Constable Logan Tristan De COSTA
Senior Constable Mark Patrick EVERITT
Mr John Norman GILBERT
Mr Peter Robert HACKWOOD
Mr Michael Bradley HADJ
Senior Constable Kenric Robert HEAD
Inspector Stephen Edwin KERSLEY
Mr Clinten Thomas McCARTHY
Senior Constable Juliet Heather McGRATH
Senior Sergeant Adrian Paul RIECK
Mr Jake Paul SULLIVAN
Mr Nathan James THOMPSON
Mr Liam Colin WALSH

On the evening of 5 September 2014 members of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES), Queensland Police Service (QPS), Queensland Ambulance service (QAS) and two members of the public assisted in the rescue of a severely injured truck driver near Charleville in south western Queensland.
 
At about 9pm a B-double truck carrying over 52 tonnes of a highly explosive chemical crashed off the Angellala Creek Bridge on the Mitchell Highway and burst into flames.
 
Despite the considerable risk of a major explosion, two members of the public and four members of the QFES assisted the injured driver.  Not long after the truck exploded, sending debris and toxic fumes into the air. A second major explosion quickly followed, causing significant damage to the highway and surrounding area. Though suffering multiple injuries, one member of the public and the four QFES members managed to support each other and walk out from the crash site. The injured men were assisted to safety by QPS officers and given initial treatment by attending QAS paramedics before being conveyed to hospital.
 
Despite the hazardous environment and possibility of further explosions, several QPS officers and a member of the QFES made their way to the crash site where they encountered the second member of the public still assisting the injured driver, who was in a critical condition.  A QAS paramedic was called to the scene and began initial treatment of the two injured men.
 
With minor fires breaking out and toxic fumes in the air the injured men were quickly evacuated from the scene, aided by the QAS and QPS members, and subsequently transported to hospital for treatment of their injuries.
 
For their actions, the recipients are recognised by the award of the Group Bravery Citation.

Awardees are members of the public and Queensland Police who rescued a man from a burning house at Upper Mount Gravatt, Queensland on 2 May 2015.

Mr Teimoor AMIN
Mr Matthew Lucas GREENHALGH
Mr Michael HAYES
Mr Samuel Elijah HIRVI
Senior Constable Basil Gilbert VAN DONGEN

In the late afternoon of 2 May 2015, a group of men rescued a man trapped in a burning house in Upper Mount Gravatt, Queensland.
 
Smoke and flames were noticed coming from a house in Upper Mount Gravatt when a passing off-duty policeman stopped to render assistance. He immediately instructed bystanders to call for emergency services.
 
Access to the ground floor of the house was hampered as flyscreens had been riveted shut on the windows. The man ran to the side of the house but was unable to gain entry. He returned to the front of the house as bystanders were yelling that there was someone inside. At this point a neighbour arrived to provide assistance and both men ran to the rear of the house and managed to force the back door open. They instantly retreated due to the amount of black smoke.
 
Both men then ran to the front of the house where they were joined by three other people.  They went to a downstairs window and, after several attempts, were able to force the flyscreen open and smash the glass.  The trapped man moved towards the window and the group were able to grab hold of his arms and legs and pull him out of the window and away to safety.
 
For their actions, the recipients are recognised by the award of the Group Bravery Citation.

Awardees are members of the public and Queensland Police who went to the assistance of a driver when his semi-trailer overturned at Rockhampton, Queensland on 4 January 2010.

Senior Constable Dean MAGARRY
Senior Constable Megan Leanne MAGARRY BM
Ms Hannah Louise NUGENT

On the evening of 4 January 2010, two off-duty police officers and a bystander assisted in rescuing the driver of an overturned semi-trailer at Rockhampton, Queensland.
 
A semi-trailer began to tip over as it rounded a corner at the intersection of Moores Creek and Yaamba Roads in Rockhampton.  As the vehicle continued to tip over, it knocked down power lines before it came to rest passenger side down.
 
Two off-duty police officers immediately pulled their vehicle over and went to the assistance of the driver. A downed power line lay under the cabin and diesel fuel had spilled onto the road from the truck's ruptured fuel tanks.

As smoke emitted from the rear of the truck and the fuel spread towards the driver's cabin, the two off-duty police officers rushed to the driver and saw that he had head injuries and was semi-conscious.
 
Whilst one of the off-duty police officers called 000 the other off-duty police officer climbed up to the driver's door and turned the engine off. He then climbed inside the cabin and, after several attempts, managed to kick out the windscreen. With the assistance of a bystander they moved the driver away to safety.
 
For their actions, the recipients are recognised by the award of the Group Bravery Citation.

Awardees are members of the public and Queensland Police who went to the assistance of a man who was trapped in an overturned truck at Bald Hills, Queensland on 9 September 2013.

Acting Sergeant Kerrianne Maree EDWARDS
Senior Constable Matthew John GRACE
Ms Riley Heather LYE
Senior Constable Michael John McGAHAN
Senior Constable Alan Gregory MONTGOMERY
Senior Constable Kurt Norman MUDGWAY
Mr Alan James STAINES

On the evening of 9 September 2013, members of the public and the Queensland Police Force assisted in the rescue of a man who was trapped in an overturned truck at Bald Hills, Queensland.
 
A prime mover truck and trailer was travelling along the Gateway Motorway at Bald Hills when the driver lost control and the truck crashed through the overpass railing of the Gympie Arterial Road. The truck overturned as it fell onto the gravel road below. In complete darkness and while diesel spilled from the fuel tanks the driver managed to free himself from the crushed cabin. A male passenger remained trapped in the cabin.
 
Two people were travelling together along the motorway when they saw the accident and stopped to help. As the woman called 000 the man made his way down the embankment and was advised by the truck driver that his passenger was still inside the vehicle. He crawled into the crushed cabin to assist.
 
He was then joined by another man and they managed to lift part of the wreckage off the trapped man allowing him to move from the cabin towards the trailer. They assessed his injuries and a tourniquet was applied to his injured leg. The woman then entered the cabin to comfort the injured man. Soon after Queensland Police Officers arrived at the scene. They crawled under the trailer and attended to the injured man.
 
With the truck slipping further down the embankment, and the threat of fire imminent, the man was subsequently dragged free of the wreckage and moved to safety.
 
For their actions, the recipients are recognised by the award of the Group Bravery Citation.

Awardees are members of Queensland Police who assisted in the apprehension of a man armed with two knives at Dalby, Queensland on 29 November 1997.

Mr Gregory David DRAIN
Senior Constable Peter Anthony HORN
Senior Sergeant Ian Gregory POTTER

On the morning of 29 November 1997, three members of the Queensland Police Force apprehended a man armed with two knives at Dalby, Queensland.
 
The three officers responded to a violent domestic dispute at a residence in Dalby. They immediately entered the house and began to speak with a male offender who was standing in the kitchen, holding a large carving knife in one hand and another knife in the other.

The offender threatened the officers and ignored their commands to desist before he raised a knife with his right hand, held it by the tip and motioned to throw it at the officers. One of the officers drew his service revolver, while another grabbed his baton and struck the offender's hand, causing him to drop the knife.
 
While still holding the second knife in his other hand, the offender lunged at one of the officers, knocked him to the ground and landed on top of him. Another officer then used his baton to land several blows onto the offender.

As a struggle ensued, the offender managed to cut one of the officer's shirts with the knife before the other officers were able to subdue the offender. Two of the officers were then able to pull the offender off their colleague and all three officers were then able to restrain and place handcuffs onto the offender.
 
For their actions, the recipients are recognised by the award of the Group Bravery Citation.

Awardees are members of the public and Queensland Police who assisted in the rescue of people from a mini bus trapped in flood waters at Kallangur, Queensland on 1 May 2015.

Sergeant Ian Robert GRAFTON
Mr Brian Thomas KEOGH
Senior Constable Robert James RAFFERTY
Mr Mark John SAUNDERS

On the afternoon of 1 May 2015, during an extreme weather event in the areas within the Pine Rivers and North Moreton, significant and unprecedented flash flooding occurred. During the height of the deluge, a Toyota Hiace mini bus attempted to cross a flooded intersection and became lodged on a traffic island about one hundred metres into the crossing. The Hiace contained three adults and five autistic children.
 
A member of the Queensland Police Force was the first emergency responder to the incident. On arrival at the scene, the officer quickly assessed the precarious situation and determined immediate action was required. Accompanied with two members of the public, they entered the fast flowing water and used a guard rail to wade through the near waist high water out to the bus. When a second police officer arrived he also went out into the rushing water to assist the other rescuers.
 
As the water continued to rise, a raised utility vehicle was reversed into the flood water near the bus. The rescuers removed the stranded passengers out through the rear window one at a time and placed them into the back of the utility which was driven out of the water to safety.
 
For their actions, the recipients are recognised by the award of the Group Bravery Citation.

Awardees are members of the public who assisted in the rescue and evacuation of a group of skiers following an avalanche on Maedake Mountain, Aomori, Japan on 14 February 2007.

Mr David Gerard BROWN

Mr Roger Gordon CAMPBELL

The late Mr Jonathan Keith DISHER

Mr Glenn Geoffrey KIRKWOOD

Mr Ross Philip McSWINEY

Mr Mark Hounsell SPILSBURY

Mr David Ross STEWART-THOMSON

In the early morning of 14 February 2007, seven Australian skiers rescued and evacuated another group of skiers after an avalanche on Maedake Mountain in Northern Japan.

The Australian skiers, five of who were members of the Thredbo Ski Patrol Association, set off to explore the snow covered Maedake Mountain, above the Hakkoda resort in Northern Japan. Within 15 minutes after leaving a cable car, the weather deteriorated dramatically and the men were faced with a storm front consisting of 120kmh winds, snow falling horizontally and temperatures of minus 20 degrees. The men feared for their safety as they travelled to a tree line course which marked the route to an access road.

As their guide led the way, the men observed a group of skiers kneeling over a body in the snow. They approached the scene where they could see evidence of a recent avalanche. Some of the group were injured and other members were dazed and disoriented. The Australians assessed the situation and quickly began digging with shovels before seeing another buried skier.
 
The Australians located additional buried skiers who were suffering from numerous injuries and in some cases were already deceased. They performed a variety of first aid responses including CPR attempts, while constantly aware of the threat of repeated avalanches.  The men continued searching and rescuing victims for a lengthy period of time.
 
Despite their own exhaustion and limited effective communication with the survivors, the Australians built ice shelters around some of the injured in order to provide protection from the elements whilst awaiting further assistance to arrive.  Once emergency service teams reached them, the Australians assisted in escorting the injured down the snow covered slope.
 
For their actions, the recipients are recognised by the award of the Group Bravery Citation.