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Wednesday 13 September 2017

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland congratulates the following Queenslanders, recognised for their brave acts in the latest Australian Bravery Decorations:

AUSTRALIAN HONOURS AND AWARDS

QUEENSLAND BRAVERY RECIPIENTS

ANNOUNCED – Wednesday, 13 September 2017

AWARDED THE BRAVERY MEDAL (BM)

Senior Sergeant Nathan Malcolm BLAIN

In the early hours of 13 September 2015, Senior Sergeant Nathan Blain was involved in the rescue of several people during a fire in a backpacker's hostel at Airlie Beach, Queensland.

Two police officers were on patrol when they observed smoke coming from a hostel at Airlie Beach. They quickly went to the area and found smoke and flames coming from the kitchen. They called for backup and Senior Sergeant Blain arrived at the scene. The officers were advised that people were inside the building and warned about nearby gas cylinders and gas lines.

Two officers went into the smoke-filled building and located three disorientated adults and led them out of the building. They were then informed that there was an elderly couple still unaccounted for.

With smoke and flames visible inside the building, and with breathing becoming increasingly difficult, Senior Sergeant Blain and the other officers went inside, but were unable to locate the elderly couple. Using clothing as face masks, Senior Sergeant Blain and the other officers re-entered the building and, with the assistance of the manager, where able to locate the couple who they assisted outside.

Once outside, Senior Sergeant Blain and the other officers were informed that there were still people unaccounted for and they again entered the building but were forced to retreat due to the intensity of the smoke and zero visibility. The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service then arrived on scene.

By his actions, Senior Sergeant Blain displayed considerable bravery.

Mr Wade Trevor CAPPS

In the late evening of 7 October 2015, Mr Wade Capps provided assistance during an incident at a petrol station in Rockhampton, Queensland.

A man walked into a petrol station at Berserker and proceeded to pick up a pump, activate the nozzle and pump petrol onto the driveway and around the bowser. He then used a cigarette lighter to ignite the fuel coming from the nozzle and sprayed the lit fuel, igniting the fuel already on the ground.

He began waving the nozzle around, stating that he wanted to kill himself. The service station attendant immediately activated the emergency shut off valve and called 000. The fuel from the nozzle ceased flowing however the man continued to attempt to re-ignite the nozzle.

Other people at the station then moved towards the man calling out to him to put the petrol hoses down but he refused. Three people managed to reach the man and restrain him in a safe area at the front of the store.

At this point, Mr Capps drove into the service station and saw the flames starting to climb up one of the bowsers. Without concern for his own safety, he grabbed a fire extinguisher and used it to put the fire out. He then went over to the others who were restraining the man and stayed with them until police arrived.

By his actions, Mr Capps displayed considerable bravery.

Senior Constable Stephen James COOK

In the early hours of the morning of 27 September 2013, Senior Constable Stephen Cook responded to an aggravated robbery incident in Arundel, Queensland.

Queensland Police were alerted to an incident at a tavern where two armed offenders, in possession of a shot gun and a machete, were conducting a robbery. Fifteen tavern patrons and employees were being detained in the tavern by the two offenders.

The offenders had removed all mobile phones; however one tavern employee managed to conceal a phone and discreetly called police. After forcing the safe open and removing cash, the offenders decamped on foot into nearby bushland.

Senior Constable Cook and another officer arrived on the scene and quickly began to conduct a search in the surrounding area. After a period of time, and with the assistance of a police dog, the offenders were located hiding behind a tree. The offenders then opened fire, seriously wounding Senior Constable Cook’s colleague.

Senior Constable Cook returned a number of shots towards the armed offenders and using his weapon as cover moved towards his injured colleague. The injured officer was able to shine a torch in the direction of the offenders and Senior Constable Cook quickly approached one of the men, successfully detaining him.

Meanwhile, backup officers arrived and administered first aid to the wounded officer whilst others pursued the second offender. The second offender was eventually seized and placed under arrest.

By his actions, Senior Constable Cook displayed considerable bravery.

Senior Constable Jacob Maurice FLAHERTY

On the afternoon of 21 April 2013, Senior Constable Jacob Flaherty rescued a person from a burning house in Rochedale South, Queensland.

Senior Constable Flaherty and two other officers responded to an incident at a property in Rochedale South. When they arrived, the fire alarm was sounding and they could smell smoke. They quickly began door knocking and calling out to alert the occupants.

A woman came to the front screen door, however refused to open it and returned inside. With the smell of smoke intensifying, and flames apparent inside the home, one of the officers was able to break down the front screen door.

Senior Constable Flaherty and a colleague quickly entered the house and crawled along the floor to prevent smoke inhalation, following the sound of the woman's voice. With the rear of the house alight Senior Constable Flaherty and his colleague were able to drag the unwilling female towards the front door and out onto the porch.

Senior Constable Flaherty returned to his police vehicle and obtained a fire extinguisher. However on his return the house was well alight and too dangerous to re-enter. Queensland Fire and Ambulance personnel then arrived on scene.

By his actions, Senior Constable Flaherty displayed considerable bravery.

Sergeant Gary Harold HAMREY

In the early hours of the morning of 27 September 2013, Sergeant Gary Hamrey responded to an aggravated robbery incident in Arundel, Queensland.

Queensland Police were alerted to an incident at a tavern where two armed offenders, in possession of a shot gun and a machete, were conducting a robbery. Fifteen tavern patrons and employees were being detained in the tavern by the two offenders.

The offenders had removed all mobile phones; however one tavern employee had managed to conceal her phone and discreetly called police. After forcing the safe open and removing cash, the offenders decamped on foot into nearby bushland.

Sergeant Hamrey and his colleague arrived and quickly began to conduct a search of the surrounding area. With the assistance of a police dog, the offenders were located hiding behind a tree. The offenders then opened fire, seriously wounding Sergeant Hamrey.

His colleague returned a number of shots towards the armed offenders as he moved towards Sergeant Hamrey.  Sergeant Hamrey shone a torch in the direction of the offenders, allowing his colleague to quickly approach one of the offenders and successfully detain him.

Meanwhile, other police officers arrived and administered first aid to Sergeant Hamrey whilst two other officers pursued the second offender who was fleeing the scene. The offender was eventually seized and placed under arrest.

By his actions, Sergeant Hamrey displayed considerable bravery.

Sergeant Barry John HARAN

In the early hours of 13 September 2015, Sergeant Barry Haran was involved in the rescue of several people during a fire in a backpacker's hostel at Airlie Beach, Queensland.

Sergeant Haran and his colleague were on patrol when they observed smoke coming from a hostel at Airlie Beach. They quickly investigated and found smoke and flames coming from the kitchen. They called for backup and another police officer arrived at the scene. The officers were advised that people were inside the building and warned about nearby gas cylinders and gas lines.

He and one of the other officers then entered the smoke-filled building and located three disorientated adults and led them out of the building. They were then informed that there was an elderly couple unaccounted for.

With smoke and flames visible inside the building, and with breathing becoming increasingly difficult, Sergeant Haran and the other officers went inside, but were unable to locate the elderly couple. Using clothing as face masks, Sergeant Haran and the other officers re-entered the building and, with the assistance of the manager, were able to locate the couple who they assisted outside.

Once outside, Sergeant Haran and the other officers were informed that there were still people unaccounted for and they again entered the building but were forced to retreat due to the intensity of the smoke and zero visibility. The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service then arrived on scene.

By his actions, Sergeant Haran displayed considerable bravery.

Mr David Michael HARRIS

In the late evening of 7 October 2015, Mr David Harris provided assistance during an attempted suicide incident at a petrol station in Rockhampton, Queensland.

A man walked into a petrol station at Berserker and proceeded to pick up a pump, activate the nozzle and pump petrol onto the driveway and around the bowser. He then used a cigarette lighter to ignite the fuel coming from the nozzle and sprayed the lit fuel, igniting the fuel already on the ground.

He began waving the nozzle around, stating that he wanted to kill himself. The service station attendant immediately activated the emergency shut off valve and called 000. The fuel from the nozzle ceased flowing however the man continued to attempt to re-ignite the nozzle.

Mr Harris, who was buying refreshments inside the petrol station with his son, immediately put down his walking aid and hurried outside, calling for the man to put the petrol hose down. However, the man refused and Mr Harris grabbed the offender by the wrists and removed the hose from him.  He instructed his son to rehang the hose and to get others to assist. Another man quickly joined him and the three of them restrained the offender in a safe area at the front of the store.

At this point another person drove into the service station and saw the flames starting to climb up one of the bowsers. He grabbed a fire extinguisher and used it to put the fire out. Mr Harris and the others continued to restrain the offender until police arrived.

By his actions, Mr Harris displayed considerable bravery.

Mr Joel Peter HARRIS

In the late evening of 7 October 2015, Mr Joel Harris provided assistance during an incident at a petrol station in Rockhampton, Queensland.

A man walked into a petrol station at Berserker and proceeded to pick up a pump, activate the nozzle and pump petrol onto the driveway and around the bowser. He then used a cigarette lighter to ignite the fuel coming from the nozzle and sprayed the lit fuel, igniting the fuel already on the ground.

He then began waving the nozzle around, stating that he wanted to kill himself. The service station attendant immediately activated the emergency shut off valve and called 000. The fuel from the nozzle ceased flowing however the man continued to attempt to re-ignite the nozzle.

Joel, who was 14 years old, and his father were buying refreshments inside the petrol station. Both hurried outside, calling for the man to put the petrol hose down but he refused. Whilst his father grabbed the offender by the wrists, Joel took hold of the petrol hose and rehung it at the bowser. With the assistance of another man who arrived at the scene, Joel then took hold of the offender's legs and together the three of them managed to restrain the man in a safe area at the front of the store.

At this point another person drove into the service station and saw the flames starting to climb up one of the bowsers. He grabbed a fire extinguisher and used it to put the fire out. Meanwhile Joel and the others continued to restrain the offender until police arrived.

By his actions, Mr Harris displayed considerable bravery.

Mr Matthew Thomas HULL

In the late evening of 7 October 2015, Mr Matthew Hull provided assistance during an incident at a petrol station in Rockhampton, Queensland.

A man walked into a petrol station at Berserker and proceeded to pick up a pump, activate the nozzle and pump petrol onto the driveway and around the bowser. He then used a cigarette lighter to ignite the fuel coming from the nozzle and sprayed the lit fuel, igniting the fuel already on the ground.

He then began waving the nozzle around, stating that he wanted to kill himself. The service station attendant immediately activated the emergency shut off valve and called 000. The fuel from the nozzle ceased flowing however the man continued to attempt to re-ignite the nozzle.

Other people at the station then moved towards the man, calling out to him to put the petrol hoses down but he refused. Several people managed to remove the petrol hoses from the man and restrain him.

At this point, Mr Hull drove into the petrol station, quickly parked his vehicle and went to assist with the offender. He grabbed hold of one of the man's arms and together with the others managed to move the offender to a safe area at the front of the store.

Another person drove into the service station and saw the flames starting to climb up one of the bowsers. He then grabbed a fire extinguisher and used it to put the fire out. Meanwhile Mr Hull and the others continued to restrain the offender until police arrived.

By his actions, Mr Hull displayed considerable bravery.

Senior Constable Joseph Dominic KELLY

On the afternoon of 21 April 2013, Senior Constable Joseph Kelly rescued a person from a burning house in Rochedale South, Queensland.

Senior Constable Kelly and two other officers responded to an incident at a property in Rochedale South. When they arrived, the fire alarm was sounding and they could smell smoke. They quickly began door knocking and calling out to alert any occupants.

A woman came to the front screen door, however refused to open it and returned inside. With the smell of smoke intensifying and flames apparent inside the home, Senior Constable Kelly was able to force open the screen door.

 

He and his colleague quickly entered the house and crawled along the floor to prevent smoke inhalation, following the sound of the woman's voice. With the rear of the house alight Senior Constable Kelly and his colleague were able to drag the unwilling female towards the front door and out onto the front porch.

 

Senior Constable Kelly then entered the house for a second time in an attempt to locate and rescue any other occupants but, due to the hazardous conditions, was forced to evacuate the house. He immediately went to the rear of the house to check if anyone else was still inside. Queensland Fire and Ambulance personnel then arrived on scene.

By his actions, Senior Constable Kelly displayed considerable bravery.

Senior Constable David MURRAY

In the early hours of 13 September 2015, Senior Constable David Murray was involved in the rescue of several people during a fire in a backpacker's hostel at Airlie Beach, Queensland.

Senior Constable Murray and his colleague were on patrol when they observed smoke coming from a hostel at Airlie Beach. They quickly investigated and found smoke and flames coming from the kitchen. They called for backup and another police officer arrived at the scene. The officers were advised that people were inside the building and warned about nearby gas cylinders and gas lines.

Senior Constable Murray and one of the other officers then entered the smoke-filled building and located three disorientated adults and led them out of the building. They were then informed that there was an elderly couple unaccounted for.

With smoke and flames visible inside the building, and with breathing becoming increasingly difficult, Senior Constable Murray and the other officers went inside, but were unable to locate the elderly couple. Using clothing as face masks, Senior Constable Murray and the other officers re-entered the building and, with the assistance of the manager, were able to locate the couple who they assisted outside.

Once outside, Senior Constable Murray and the other officers were informed that there were still people unaccounted for and they again entered the building but were forced to retreat due to the intensity of the smoke and zero visibility. The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service then arrived on scene.

By his actions, Senior Constable Murray displayed considerable bravery.

Mr Joshua James RODGERS

In the afternoon of 5 February 2016, Mr Joshua Rodgers went to the assistance of a colleague during an incident with an armed offender in Maryborough, Queensland.

Mr Rodgers was working at the fast food restaurant in Maryborough when an unknown female entered the premises, walked past the front counter, made her way to the staff only area, and stood next to him at the bench.

As he began to question her, the woman, who was very agitated, grabbed a knife off the counter and returned to the front of the shop. Mr Rodgers immediately followed her as he heard one of his colleagues yelling.

At this point the armed female approached another staff member with the knife raised above her head. The staff member then grabbed the offender's hand and a struggle ensued.

Mr Rodgers came to his colleague's aid by seizing the offender's wrists whilst instructing her to drop the knife. He then forced the knife away from his colleague causing the knife to fall to the ground. The offender then grabbed hold of another staff member's shirt collar and began assaulting her.

The offender's partner then approached and grabbed her arms from behind. After several requests the offender let go of the staff member's clothing and left the premises.

By his actions, Mr Rodgers displayed considerable bravery.

Senior Constable Luke Graham ROWLEY

On the morning of 31 December 2013, Senior Constable Luke Rowley was involved in the rescue of three people from drowning at Carmila Beach, Queensland.

Senior Constable Rowley received notification of an incident taking place at Carmila Beach. He immediately responded and arrived at the beach to see a distressed woman, moving up and down the shoreline. He was informed that the woman's two children had been swept out to sea due to a strong current. The woman's partner had also entered the water to attempt their rescue.

Seeing two figures approximately 50 metres from shore, he entered the water and swam out to a young boy and man. The man was breathless but explained that another child, a young girl, was further out to sea. The man and boy were able to drag themselves back to the beach before the man collapsed.

Senior Constable Rowley could not see the girl so returned to shore where he then spotted her approximately 200 metres out in the water. He ran to a nearby campsite and obtained a small float board before returning to the beach and re-entering the water.

He swam out to the young girl, calling reassurance as he went. He reached her and, with her holding onto his neck, began making his return to shore. At this point two fishermen arrived and Senior Constable Rowley and the young girl were pulled aboard and returned safely to the beach.

By his actions, Senior Constable Rowley displayed considerable bravery.

Mr Liam Henry SLACK

In the early morning of 7 March 2015, Mr Liam Slack went to the rescue of a drowning spear fisherman at Moreton Island, Queensland.

Mr Slack and three friends were free diving and spear fishing at an area known as Hutchinson Shoal off Moreton Island.  During the morning, Mr Slack and his friends had been taking alternate turns, with three diving and one operating the boat. The victim had begun to resurface as his 'diving buddy' commenced his dive. After a short period and, as the ‘diving buddy’ was returning to the surface, he noticed the victim was still in the water.  He had blacked out, his body had gone limp and he was sinking. The ‘diving buddy’ swam towards his friend and, despite his desperate attempts to grab him, he continued to descend into deeper water.

After being alerted, the friends all reboarded the boat. Mr Slack then quickly entered the water with another diver and attempted to reach their friend. At this time the ‘diving buddy’ released warning signals. Mr Slack continued to alternate with the other divers in searching for their friend and being aboard the boat. Eventually he pushed one of the other divers, deep down into the water, approximately 28 metres, which enabled him to reach their friend, remove the weight belt, and swim him back to Mr Slack, who then carried him to the surface. They pulled their unconscious friend onto the boat and re-boarded themselves.

Mr Slack, assisted by the others then commenced CPR as they returned to shore where Water Police took over. Unfortunately, their friend was unable to be revived.

By his actions, Mr Slack displayed considerable bravery.

AWARDED THE COMMENDATION FOR BRAVE CONDUCT

Ms Fiona Margaret BENNION

In the early hours of 13 September 2015, Mrs Fiona Bennion was involved in the rescue of several people during a fire in a backpacker's hostel at Airlie Beach in Queensland.

Two police officers were on patrol when they observed smoke coming from the hostel at Airlie Beach. They quickly went to the area and found smoke and flames coming from the kitchen.

Mrs Bennion, manager of the hostel, informed the officers that people were inside the building and that there were gas cylinders and gas lines nearby. The police officers entered the smoke-filled building and located three disorientated adults and led them outside. Mrs Bennion then informed them there was an elderly couple unaccounted for.

She accompanied the officers into the smoke-filled building to search for the elderly couple.  Whilst the officers continued to look for the elderly couple, Mrs Bennion decided to navigate her way to an underground carpark where she was able to turn off the gas lines and reduce the threat of an explosion.

For her actions, Mrs Bennion is commended for brave conduct.

Senior Constable Benjamin James BURNELL

In the evening of 5 January 2015, Senior Constable (then Constable) Benjamin Burnell assisted people trapped after an accident involving an LPG tanker at Ellis Beach, Queensland.

Constable Burnell and his colleague attended a traffic accident north of Ellis Beach.  As first on the scene the officers saw an LPG tanker had run off the highway and landed nose first in a waterway culvert.  The tanker had landed upside down and was resting precariously on two rocks and water was entering the crushed cabin.

Constable Burnell and his colleague climbed down the bank to the tanker. They saw two adults trapped within the cabin. The female passenger was unreachable, however they were able to assist the male driver in keeping his head above the rising water.

Constable Burnell and his colleague attempted to release the trapped victims but were unsuccessful. They continued to provide reassurance until Emergency Services arrived.  Sadly the female passenger did not survive the incident.

For his actions, Senior Constable Burnell is commended for brave conduct.

Mr Brian Keith CALWAY

On the morning of 24 August 2015, Mr Brian Calway was involved in the rescue of a disabled man from a burning house at Castle Hill, Queensland.

Mr Calway and others became aware of smoke billowing from a residence at Castle Hill, Townsville and they immediately ran towards the multi-storey property. 

As he was assessing the situation, the home's owner arrived and informed them that her physically disabled son was inside the house and wouldn't be able to get out.

Mr Calway quickly entered the property and, as he moved through the house, he noticed that the mother had also entered and placed the young man's disability chair in a lift.  With the smoke becoming thicker and breathing more difficult he urged the home owner to leave the building with him.

Meanwhile another man who had entered the house had managed to locate the young man, grab him and carry him outside to safety.

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

Miss Stacey Lee DENMAN

In the early hours of 27 September 2013, Miss Stacey Denman was involved in an aggravated robbery incident at Arundel, Queensland.

Two armed offenders, in possession of a shot gun and a machete, entered a tavern in Arundel with the intention of robbing it. They detained 15 staff members, including Miss Denman, as well as some tavern patrons.

The offenders removed all mobile phones; except for one that Miss Denman had the presence of mind to hide in her apron pocket. She was able to discreetly make a call to police and kept the line open, until it was safe to speak with the operator, and provide details of the robbery that was taking place.

After forcing the safe open and removing cash, the offenders decamped on foot into nearby bushland. Police officers later successfully apprehended the two armed offenders after they had seriously wounded one of the officers.

For her actions, Miss Denman is commended for brave conduct.

Mr Christopher Joseph DENNIS

On the afternoon of 10 October 2015, Mr Christopher Dennis was involved in the rescue of a boy who was swept into the sea at Fingal Head, New South Wales.

A woman and three young children were playing in an area known as Echidna Rock at Fingal Headland. The children were two metres from the water line when a large wave crashed onto the headland and caused one of the children, a nine year old boy, to lose his footing, fall onto the rocks and into the water. The remaining two children also lost their balance, but did not enter the water.

The woman immediately jumped into the water and swam to the boy and, on reaching him, held his head above the water. Mr Dennis observed the woman's attempts to rescue the child. They appeared to be struggling as he quickly entered the surf and swam towards them. Upon reaching the distressed swimmers he took hold of the child and began to swim away from dangerous rocks.

Mr Dennis, who still had hold of the boy, raised the alarm with nearby fishermen. He continued to manoeuvre through the strong currents and was eventually able to touch a sandbank where a police officer had swum out to assist. The police officer towed the boy through the surf until he could stand and walk.

Mr Dennis then made his way back to shore.  Sadly the woman did not survive the incident.

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

Mr Aaron HILLIER

On the afternoon of 10 October 2015, Mr Aaron Hillier was involved in the rescue of people who were swept into the sea at Fingal Head, New South Wales.

A woman and three young children were playing in an area known as Echidna Rock at Fingal Headland. The children were two metres from the water line when a large wave crashed onto the headland and caused one of the children, a nine year old boy, to lose his footing, fall onto the rocks and into the water. The remaining two children also lost their balance, but did not enter the water.

The woman immediately jumped into the water and swam to the boy and held his head above the water. A man quickly entered the surf and made his way towards the woman who was struggling in the difficult conditions.  He got hold of the boy and swam him back to shore.  Another man had also entered the water and was assisting the now unresponsive woman.

Mr Hillier quickly became aware of the situation and entered the water with his surfboard to render assistance.  Despite the strong current, Mr Hillier and the other man, after several attempts, managed to get the unconscious woman onto the surfboard and commenced CPR.

Mr Hillier and the man were making their way back to shore with the woman when a rescue boat arrived and took them back to shore.  Sadly she did not survive the incident.

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

Detective Constable Lachlan Charles KNOWLES

In the early hours of the morning of 27 September 2013, Detective Constable Lachlan Knowles assisted at an aggravated robbery incident in Arundel, Queensland.

Queensland Police were alerted to an incident at a tavern where two armed offenders, in possession of a shot gun and a machete, were conducting a robbery. Fifteen tavern patrons and employees were being detained in the tavern by the two offenders.  After forcing the safe open and removing cash, the offenders decamped on foot into nearby bushland.

Two police officers arrived on the scene and quickly began to conduct a search in the surrounding area. After a period of time, and with the assistance of a police dog, the offenders were located hiding behind a tree. The offenders then opened fire seriously wounding one of the officers.

One of the offenders was then detained while the second offender fled on foot.  Detective Constable Knowles and another officer arrived at the scene and quickly pursued the second offender. With weapons drawn they caught up with the man who was then handcuffed.

For his actions, Detective Constable Knowles is commended for brave conduct.

Mr Graeme Gary LAWRENCE

Late in the evening of 19 November 1977, Mr Graeme Lawrence, (then Constable with Queensland Police), attended a residence in Brighton, Queensland, where gun shots were being fired.

Constable Lawrence was informed of the situation and then moved to a property next door. As he was approximately 30 metres from the offender, he yelled at him in an attempt to encourage conversation.

Constable Lawrence then observed a colleague kneeling on a footpath across the road. As he approached his colleague, he was shot in the leg. He fell to the ground and self-administered first aid before sliding himself along the footpath as a car stopped on the opposite side of the street.

Constable Lawrence warned the driver of the gun fire; however the driver exited the vehicle and was also shot. The driver managed to get back in the car as Constable Lawrence made his way towards him. During this time Constable Lawrence was again wounded and he took cover. 

Sometime later two police officers came to his assistance.  Unfortunately the driver of the car did not survive the incident.

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

Detective Senior Constable Danijel LUKIC

In the early hours of the morning of 27 September 2013, Detective Senior Constable (then Senior Constable) Danijel Lukic assisted at an aggravated robbery incident in Arundel, Queensland.

Queensland Police were alerted to an incident at a tavern where two armed offenders, in possession of a shot gun and a machete, were conducting a robbery. Fifteen tavern patrons and employees were being detained in the tavern by the two offenders.  After forcing the safe open and removing cash, the offenders decamped on foot into nearby bushland.

Two police officers arrived on the scene and quickly began to conduct a search in the surrounding area. After a period of time, and with the assistance of a police dog, the offenders were located hiding behind a tree. The offenders then opened fire seriously wounding one of the officers.

One of the offenders was then detained while the second offender fled on foot. Senior Constable Lukic and another officer arrived at the scene and quickly pursued the second offender. With weapons drawn they caught up with the man who was then handcuffed.

For his actions, Detective Senior Constable Lukic is commended for brave conduct.

Ms Cristiana Margaret MORF

On the morning of 24 August 2015, Ms Christiana Morf was involved in the rescue of a disabled man from a burning house at Castle Hill, Queensland.

Several members of the public became aware of smoke billowing from a residence at Castle Hill, Townsville and immediately ran towards the multi-storey property.

As they were assessing the situation, the home's owner arrived and informed them that her physically disabled son was inside the house and wouldn't be able to get out. Two men then quickly entered the property along with the home owner and the young man was located and carried outside to safety.

Ms Morf also entered the home, located the seat of the fire and closed doors to inhibit the spread of the smoke and flames.  She then isolated the electricity to the home and waited to guide the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services team directly to the fire.

For her actions, Ms Morf is commended for brave conduct.

Senior Constable Adam Issac PETERSEN

In the evening of 5 January 2015, Senior Constable (then Constable) Adam Petersen assisted people trapped after an accident involving an LPG tanker at Ellis Beach, Queensland.

Constable Petersen and a colleague attended a traffic accident north of Ellis Beach.  As first on the scene the officers saw an LPG tanker had run off the highway and landed nose first in a waterway culvert.  The tanker had landed upside down and was resting precariously on two rocks and water was entering the crushed cabin.

He and his colleague climbed down the bank to the tanker. They saw two adults trapped within the cabin. The female passenger was unreachable, however they were able to assist the male driver in keeping his head above the rising water.

Constable Petersen and his colleague attempted to release the trapped victims but were unsuccessful. They continued to provide reassurance until emergency services arrived.  Sadly the female passenger did not survive the incident.

For his actions, Senior Constable Petersen is commended for brave conduct.

Miss Kaitlin Lily RELF

In the evening of 1 May 2015, Miss Kaitlin Relf rescued her young sister from a submerged vehicle at Munruben, Queensland.

Heavy rain had been falling in the area for over a week causing flash flooding.  Kaitlin, then eight years old, was in a car with her mother, grandmother and three year old sister travelling on Greenhill Road in Munruben. As the car was travelling downhill it was hit by a wave of water, swept sideways, and began floating in 8-10 metre deep water.

Kaitlin’s mother and grandmother were able to exit the car, but were quickly carried away from the vehicle by the force of the water and managed to grab hold of a tree. Kaitlin immediately undid her own seatbelt and moved to where her sister was secured in a baby seat. With the car sinking into the water she managed to pull her sister from the seat straps.

She then swam underwater and exited the car, pulling her sister out behind her.  Becoming fatigued, she pushed her sister to the surface where the child was grabbed by her mother, who then also managed to get hold of Kaitlin. 

Emergency services arrived at the scene and all four were rescued.

For her actions, Miss Relf is commended for brave conduct.

Sergeant Gregory Burgess ST CLAIR

In the early hours of the morning of 27 September 2013, Sergeant Gregory St Clair assisted at an aggravated robbery incident in Arundel, Queensland.

Queensland Police were alerted to an incident at a tavern where two armed offenders, in possession of a shot gun and a machete, were conducting a robbery. Fifteen tavern patrons and employees were being detained in the tavern by the two offenders. After forcing the safe open and removing cash, the offenders decamped on foot into nearby bushland.

Two police officers arrived on the scene and quickly began to conduct a search in the surrounding area. After a period of time, and with the assistance of a police dog, the offenders were located hiding behind a tree. The offenders then opened fire seriously wounding one of the officers.

Sergeant St Clair arrived on the scene and, despite not knowing the location of the offenders, he quickly approached and administered first aid to his seriously wounded colleague.

With the assistance of other police officers, both offenders were successfully detained.

For his actions, Sergeant St Clair is commended for brave conduct.