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Wednesday 19 August 2015

The following Queenslanders have had their acts of bravery recognised after being named as recipients in the latest round of Australian Bravery Decorations.

The Australian Bravery Decorations recognise acts of bravery by members of the community. 

Anyone may nominate any other person for a bravery decoration. The Honours Secretariat at Office of the Governor-General researches the nominations. The Australian Bravery Decorations Council then considers them, and makes recommendations for awards direct to the Governor-General.

The recipients will be invited to receive their Decoration from His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland at ceremonies to be held at a later date. 

AWARDED THE STAR OF COURAGE

The Late Pilot Officer James Wallace HOCKING

In the early morning of 28 July 1944, Royal Australian Air Force Pilot Officer James Hocking, who was then 21 years of age and on attachment with the Royal Air Force, piloted a stricken bomber aircraft away from a village in Cambridgeshire, England. 

Pilot Officer Hocking was captaining a Stirling Bomber aircraft during a night cross country training flight near March. As the bomber flew over East Anglia, flames were seen coming out of the inner starboard engine and Pilot Officer Hocking advised his crew that he was going to feather the engine and return to RAF Wratting Common air base. The aircraft began to lose power on all engines and Pilot Officer Hocking ordered the crew to stand-by and don their parachutes. The aircraft subsequently began to shudder violently so he ordered the crew of six men to abandon the aircraft. The Mid-Upper Gunner went to see if Pilot Officer Hocking was coming and observed that he was half way out of his seat. Realising that the aircraft was about to crash into the populated township of March he ordered the Gunner to leave the aircraft whilst he struggled with the controls. With the crew safely out of the aircraft Pilot Officer Hocking managed to fly the bomber beyond the township before it crashed in a nearby field. Sadly, Pilot Officer Hocking was killed on impact. 

By his actions, Pilot Officer Hocking displayed conspicuous courage.

AWARDED THE BRAVERY MEDAL

Senior Constable Benjamin Douglas BJARNESEN

On the afternoon of 28 October 2012, Senior Constable Benjamin Bjarnesen, together with two colleagues, and a security officer, entered a block of burning timber home units on Arthur Street in Roma, Queensland to search for a man. 

When Senior Constable Bjarnesen and his colleagues arrived at the units, a security officer informed them that a person possibly remained inside one of the burning units. Despite observing that the unit where the man was allegedly located was well affected by fire and smoke, Senior Constable Bjarnesen led his two colleagues and the security guard into the burning residence to conduct a search for the occupant. When Senior Constable Bjarnesen made his way through the front room towards a second room he saw that the fire had engulfed most of the furniture, forcing him and the others to retreat due to the smoke. When a voice was heard from the rear of the units, his colleagues followed the sound and located the resident who, along with other residents, was then moved to a safe area. Meanwhile Senior Constable Bjarnesen re-entered the burning unit to continue the search, only leaving when he was alerted that the residents were safe. 

By his actions, Senior Constable Bjarnesen displayed considerable bravery.

Assistant Commissioner Michael James CONDON APM

In the early afternoon of 2 November 1998, Assistant Commissioner (then Detective Senior Sergeant) Michael Condon rendered safe 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 he was wanted under warrant. As an officer approached the man about the matter he became extremely agitated, pulled 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. As the officers wrestled with the offender, one managed to grab hold of the device with both hands, pulled it away, and ran with it to a nearby park. Detective Senior Constable Condon and members of the Bomb Squad soon arrived and the officer holding the device was fitted with protective body armour and kept hold of the device until Detective Senior Constable Condon examined the device and established that it would not detonate. 

By his actions, Assistant Commissioner Condon displayed considerable bravery.

Senior Sergeant Peter Gerhard LIEBIG

In the early afternoon of 2 November 1998, Senior Sergeant (then Sergeant) Peter Liebig 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 he was wanted under warrant. As an officer approached the man about the matter he became extremely agitated, pulled a home-made explosive device from his briefcase, and threatened to 'take out' as many as he could. Sergeant Liebig and other officers immediately lunged at the offender and a struggle ensued. An officer, who had managed to wrest the device from the offender, ran with it to a nearby park. When Bomb Squad experts arrived, the officer holding the device was fitted with protective body armour and kept hold of the device until it was established that it would not detonate. 

By his actions, Senior Sergeant Liebig displayed considerable bravery.

Mr Brendan LYS

On 12 December 1997, Mr (former Constable) Brendan Lys was involved in the arrest of an armed offender at Rocklea in Queensland. 

During a multi-jurisdiction police operation, three high profile criminals were detained as they committed an armed robbery at a business in Rocklea. Meanwhile a plain clothes police officer saw a fourth offender, who was armed with a revolver, escape through the rear of the building. He drove towards the man, ordering him to stop. The offender then ran towards the officer and fired several shots at him from close range. The officer immediately returned fire over the roof of his vehicle and, during the volley of shots, was hit and knocked to the ground. Despite his injury he managed to indicate the offender's escape route to a police colleague who had arrived to assist. When Constable Lys arrived on the scene he drew his firearm and advanced towards the offender. He identified himself and called on the man to surrender. The offender then surrendered and several officers moved forward and arrested him. 

By his actions, Mr Lys displayed considerable bravery.

Senior Sergeant Sean Christopher MASKELL

On 12 December 1997, Senior Sergeant (then Senior Constable) Sean Maskell was involved in the pursuit of an armed offender at Rocklea in Queensland. 

During a multi-jurisdiction police operation, three high profile criminals were detained as they committed an armed robbery at a business in Rocklea. Meanwhile, Senior Constable Maskell was outside the business when he saw a fourth offender, who was armed with a revolver, escape through the rear of the building. He drove towards the man, ordering him to stop. The offender then ran towards the officer and fired several shots at him from close range. Senior Constable Maskell immediately returned fire over the roof of his vehicle at the offender and, during the volley of shots, was hit and knocked to the ground. Despite his injury he managed to indicate the offender's escape route to a colleague who had arrived to assist. Another officer arrived, drew his firearm and, after identifying himself, called on the man to surrender. The offender then surrendered and several officers moved forward and arrested him. 

By his actions, Senior Sergeant Maskell displayed considerable bravery.

Mr Jai McKNEIL

In the early hours of 1 September 2013, Mr Jai McKneil rescued a man from a burning unit in Gladstone, Queensland. 

Mr McKneil was at his residence at a unit complex in Gladstone when he was woken by screams coming from a neighbour's unit and he got up to investigate. When he heard the sound of glass breaking and observed smoke billowing out of a bedroom window, he yelled to the complex manager to call the Fire Brigade. Mr McKneil opened the front door of the unit and went to the bedroom where he saw that the room was engulfed by fire. Mr McKneil, unable to reach the man inside, stayed at the door, calling the man to follow his voice. The injured man crawled towards Mr McKneil who led him outside and to safety. Mr McKneil then located extinguishers and assisted to suppress the fire until the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service arrived and extinguished the blaze. 

By his actions, Mr McKneil displayed considerable bravery.

Mr Ryan Alexander NALLY

On the afternoon of 9 March 2013, Mr Ryan Nally apprehended a man armed with a rifle in Wooloowin, Queensland.

Mr Nally and his brother were completing some maintenance at a house in Wooloowin when a man exited a house across the street carrying a bolt action rifle. When Mr Nally saw the man approaching him, he told his brother to retreat into the house. As the man neared Mr Nally and pointed the rifle at him, he threatened that he was going to take 'pot shots' at families and children playing in nearby Mercer Park. When the man pointed the rifle towards the park, Mr Nally walked up to him, grabbed hold of the rifle barrel and pulled it towards the ground. A struggle ensued, the man fell to the ground, and despite the weapon pointing directly at him, and Mr Nally managed to pull the rifle away. He then restrained the man and called for assistance. A group of people came from the park and detained the man while Mr Nally made safe the rifle and secured it until police arrived.

By his actions, Mr Nally displayed considerable bravery.

Senior Constable Nigel Ross O'KEEFE

In the early hours of 14 December 2013, Senior Constable (then Constable) Nigel O'Keefe assisted in the apprehension of a man who had stabbed a police officer in Townsville, Queensland.

Constable O’Keefe, accompanied by three police officers, was conducting inspections within a licensed establishment during the conduct of police operations pertaining to the Townsville Drink Safe Precinct. As the officers left the venue down a narrow staircase a patron suddenly stabbed the last officer before leaving the knife in the officer's neck. The offender then held another knife against the officer's throat. The wounded officer managed to push the knife away and call out to his colleagues. Constable O'Keefe and the two other police officers immediately moved towards the offender and one of the officers managed to separate him from their wounded colleague. A struggle then ensued. Constable O'Keefe drew his firearm and ordered the offender to desist and, as the struggle continued, the offender refused his commands to drop his knife and attempted to stab the police officer he was struggling with. Constable O'Keefe then drew his taser and used it on the offender who dropped the knife and was arrested. 

By his actions, Senior Constable O'Keefe displayed considerable bravery.

Senior Sergeant Michael James PEARSON APM

In the early afternoon of 2 November 1998, Senior Sergeant Michael Pearson 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 he was wanted under warrant. As Senior Sergeant Pearson approached the man about the matter he became extremely agitated, pulled a home-made explosive device from his briefcase, and threatened to 'take out' as many as he could. Senior Sergeant Pearson and other officers immediately lunged at the offender and a struggle ensued. As he and the officers wrestled with the offender, he managed to grab hold of the device. Whilst other officers apprehended the offender, Senior Sergeant Pearson ran with the device to a nearby park and when Bomb Squad experts arrived, he was fitted with protective body armour and continued to hold the device until it was established that it would not detonate. 

By his actions, Senior Sergeant Pearson displayed considerable bravery.

Senior Constable Joel Michael WHITTRED

In the early hours of 14 December 2013, Senior Constable (then Constable) Joel Whittred assisted in the apprehension of a man who had stabbed a police officer in Townsville, Queensland. 

Constable Whittred, accompanied by three police officers, was conducting inspections within a licensed establishment during the conduct of police operations pertaining to the Townsville Drink Safe Precinct. As the officers left the venue down a narrow staircase a patron suddenly stabbed the last officer before leaving the knife in the officer's neck. The offender then held another knife against the officer's throat. The wounded officer managed to push the knife away and call out to his colleagues. Constable Whittred and the two other police officers immediately moved towards the offender and managed to separate him from their wounded colleague. He then struggled with the offender who attempted to stab him several times. Constable Whittred tried to grab the knife but injured his hand and let go. The offender was then tasered by another officer, dropped his knife, and was arrested.

By his actions, Senior Constable Whittred displayed considerable bravery.

Mr Joseph ZAGHINI

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

A man, who was affected by alcohol, entered the Logan Central Police Station regarding a personal matter. When police checked their records they found he was wanted under warrant. As an officer approached the man about the matter he became extremely agitated, pulled 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. Detective Sergeant Zaghini went to assist and, despite being warned that explosives were present, he helped to restrain the offender. One of the officers managed to grab hold of the device with both hands, pulled it away, and ran with it to a nearby park. The Bomb Squad soon arrived and the officer holding the device was fitted with protective body armour and kept hold of the device until it was established that it would not detonate.

By his actions, Mr Zaghini displayed considerable bravery.

AWARDED THE COMMENDATION FOR BRAVE CONDUCT

Senior Constable Teresa Elizabeth ANDERSON

On the morning of 28 April 2014, Senior Constable Teresa Anderson assisted in the rescue of a woman and young boy from a submerged vehicle at Springfield Lakes in Brisbane.

In wet weather conditions a vehicle skidded off Springfield Lakes Boulevard, ploughed into an urban lake, and was sinking front end first. An off-duty police officer was first on the scene and he immediately entered the water and swam 25 metres out to the vehicle where he saw a woman and a young boy in the cabin. Senior Constable Anderson, who was also off duty, came upon the scene and swam out to the vehicle. The other police officer, with the assistance of another man, managed to free the young boy from the car and swim him to the lake edge. Senior Constable Anderson removed the rear parcel tray in an attempt to get the woman out of the back of the vehicle. At this point the vehicle went below the surface. Senior Constable Anderson felt the woman beneath her in the water, pulled her to the surface, and swam her back to the lake shore.

For her actions, Senior Constable Anderson is commended for brave conduct.

Senior Constable Shane Grey ASHTON

In the late evening of 20 March 2011, Senior Constable (then Constable) Shane Ashton retrieved a man who was submerged in the swollen Coles Creek in Nambour, Queensland. 

Constable Ashton and his colleague drove to a neighbourhood park off Gardenvale Drive, Nambour, following reports a man was behaving irrationally. On arrival, the officers approached a group of people who indicated that the man may have gone into the swollen creek. Constable Ashton and his colleague searched the creek and soon observed a body under the surface. Constable Ashton entered the fast flowing water, made his way to the man and pulled him to the surface. He swam the unconscious man to the bank, dragged him out of the water and provided CPR until ambulance officers arrived. Sadly, the man was deceased. 

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

Constable Megan Jane BRUNTON

In the early hours of 14 December 2013, Constable Megan Brunton assisted in the apprehension of a man who had stabbed a police officer in Townsville, Queensland. 

Constable Brunton, accompanied by three police officers, was conducting inspections within a licensed establishment during the conduct of police operations pertaining to the Townsville Drink Safe Precinct. As the officers left the venue down a narrow staircase a patron suddenly stabbed the last officer before leaving the knife in the officer's neck. The offender then held another knife against the officer's throat. The wounded officer managed to push the knife away and call out to his colleagues. Constable Brunton, and the two other officers, immediately moved towards the offender and one of the officers separated him from their wounded colleague. A struggle then ensued. Constable Brunton drew her taser, while the other officer drew his firearm, and they ordered the offender to desist. The officer, deciding that it was unsafe to use his firearm, used his taser on the offender while Constable Brunton radioed for assistance and went to treat her wounded colleague. The offender dropped the knife and was arrested. 

For her actions, Constable Brunton is commended for brave conduct.

Mr Dylan Reece HODGE

In the early afternoon of 20 October 2013, Mr Dylan Hodge assisted two people from a burning house in North Rockhampton, Queensland. 

Mr Hodge was working on a house in North Rockhampton when he heard a woman call out 'fire' from a nearby residence. He immediately ran to the property to provide assistance. Upon entering the house he was confronted with thick smoke and flames. Mr Hodge went to the kitchen and saw an elderly man using a blanket in an attempt to smother the flames coming from a portable gas stove. Mr Hodge assisted the man and woman outside to safety before returning with a garden hose and extinguishing the fire. Mr Hodge and the two elderly residents were all treated for smoke inhalation. 

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

Mr Jeffrey JORGENSEN

On the morning of 28 April 2014, Mr Jeffrey Jorgensen assisted in the rescue of a woman and young boy from a submerged vehicle at Springfield Lakes in Brisbane.

In wet weather conditions a vehicle skidded off Springfield Lakes Boulevard, ploughed into an urban lake, and was sinking front end first. An off-duty police officer was first on the scene and he immediately entered the water, and swam 25 metres out to the vehicle where he saw a woman and a young boy in the cabin. Mr Jorgensen, and another off-duty police officer, also came upon the scene and swam out to the vehicle. Mr Jorgensen assisted the first police officer to free the young boy from the car and swim him to the lake edge. As the vehicle went below the surface, the second police officer located the female driver in the water, pulled her to the surface, and both swam back to the safety of the lake shore.

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

Senior Constable Leonard Joseph MORONEY

On the morning of 28 April 2014, Senior Constable Leonard Moroney assisted in the rescue of a woman and young boy from a submerged vehicle at Springfield Lakes in Brisbane.

In wet weather conditions a vehicle skidded off Springfield Lakes Boulevard, ploughed into an urban lake, and was sinking front end first. Senior Constable Moroney, who was off-duty at the time, was first on the scene and he immediately entered the water, and swam 25 metres out to the vehicle where he saw a woman and a young boy in the cabin. He was joined by two other people who had come to assist. Senior Constable Moroney, with the assistance of another man, managed to free the young boy from the car and swim him to the safety of the lake edge. As the vehicle went beneath the water, the other rescuer felt the female driver beneath her in the water, pulled her to the surface, and swam her back to the lake shore.

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

Mr Adrian PRENDERGAST

In the late evening of 23 August 2014, Mr Adrian Prendergast rescued a woman from a burning house in Underwood, Queensland.

Mr Prendergast was at his home in Underwood when his neighbour knocked on his front door and requested that he call the fire brigade. Mr Prendergast noticed that the man was ill and seemed to be suffering from smoke inhalation. He raced across the road and saw the female resident carrying a garden hose into the burning house. When he reached the front door he saw that the house was filled with thick black smoke. Mr Prendergast heard the woman screaming and could see enough to determine that she had become disorientated. He rushed inside, grabbed hold of the woman and took her outside. When the woman insisted on re-entering the burning house he restrained her and waited for emergency services teams to arrive.

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

Mr Carter TRAVIS

In the early hours of 30 March 2014, Mr Carter Travis, who was then 15 years of age, entered a burning house to search for occupants in Albany Creek, Queensland. 

Mr Travis was playing games in his bedroom in his home in Albany Creek when he became aware that his neighbour's residence was on fire. While his mother called 000, he made his way to the house. Although his mother and a neighbour advised him not to enter the burning house, he kicked opened the front door and went inside believing a neighbour to be in the house. Mr Travis searched two rooms and when he was unable to locate anyone he retreated outside. Fortunately, on that particular evening the house was unoccupied when it was subsequently engulfed by fire. 

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

Mr Bruce Richard WALDRON

On the afternoon of 15 December 2012, Mr Bruce Waldron rescued a man caught in a rip at Teewah Beach in Queensland. 

Mr Waldron was travelling with his family at Fresh Water near Teewah Beach in Queensland when he was flagged down by people requesting help. He learnt that five young men were caught in a rip. Three of the group had managed to make it to shore and two were still in the surf. Mr Waldron spotted one man struggling in the rip, grabbed a surfboard from his vehicle, and entered the water. He paddled out to the semi-conscious man and pulled him onto his surf board. He then fought the strong rip and managed to bring the man back to shore. Despite nearly drowning, the man recovered following medical treatment. The fifth man was later found but was unable to be revived. 

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

AWARDED THE GROUP BRAVERY CITATION

Awardees comprise of members of staff who prevented several mental health patients from leaving a Hospital in Queensland on 19 January 2013.

Mr Richard Vincent ASHTON

Mr Geo PARAKALAYIL GEORGE

Mr Duncan GRILLS

Ms Linda Susan HERBERTSON

Mr Thomas James McGOVERN

Mr Thomas MATHEW

 

At midnight on 19 January 2013, members of the nursing staff restrained several consumers of a mental health facility from escaping a secure facility located at a hospital in Queensland.  Eleven patients attempted to overpower several nurses and escape from the Unit. When two duty nurses questioned a patient attempting to remove a steel leg from an upturned dining table the patient began to back away and several other patients moved forward and attacked the nurses. The patients repeatedly punched and kicked the nurses. When the nurses, who had suffered serious injuries, began to defend themselves and restrain their attackers, three separate centres of violence erupted. When another nurse saw her colleagues being attacked she alerted other staff members, and called security. As the melee continued, the nurse manager arrived on the scene and demanded the patients stop fighting. Following a short standoff some of the patients returned to their rooms, while the others were restrained by nursing staff until security and the police arrived. 

For their actions, the recipients are recognised by the award of the Group Bravery Citation.

Awardees comprise of three members of Queensland Police and a civilian who entered a burning unit in search of a man at Roma, Queensland on 28 October 2012.

Senior Constable Benjamin Douglas BJARNESEN

Senior Constable Michael Charles HEWITT

Constable Stuart Benjamin MITCHLEY

Mr Jamie Charles PERREN

In the early hours of 28 October 2012, three Queensland Police Officers and a Security Officer, entered a block of burning timber home units on Arthur Street in Roma, Queensland, to search for a man.  When the three police officers arrived at the units, a security officer, who was already on-site, informed them that a person possibly remained inside one of the burning units. Despite observing that the unit where the man was allegedly located was well affected by fire and smoke, and that smoke was also emitting from an adjacent unit, the police officers and the security officer, entered the burning residence to conduct a search for the occupant. The group called out as they kept low to the floor to avoid the thick smoke. On seeing that the fire had engulfed most of the second room, the group were forced to retreat. When a voice was heard from the rear of the units, two police officers followed the sound and located the resident who, along with other residents, was then moved to a safe area. 

For their actions, the recipients are recognised by the award of the Group Bravery Citation.

Awardees comprise of members and former members of Queensland Police who removed a suspected explosive from an offender at Logan, Queensland on 2 November 1998.

Detective Senior Constable Peter John BOWSER

Assistant Commissioner Michael James CONDON APM

Senior Sergeant Peter Gerhard LIEBIG

Senior Sergeant Michael James PEARSON APM

Sergeant Paul David WILLIAMS

Mr Joseph ZAGHINI

On the afternoon of 2 November 1998, six members of the Queensland Police Force removed a suspected explosive device from an offender at Logan in Queensland.  A man entered the Logan Central Police Station regarding a personal matter. When police checked their records they found he was wanted under warrant. As one officer approached the man about the matter he became extremely agitated, pulled a home-made explosive device from his briefcase, and threatened to 'take out' as many as he could. Other police officers lunged at the offender and a struggle ensued. One of the officers managed to grab hold of the device and run with it to a nearby park. When Bomb Squad experts arrived the officer holding the device was fitted with protective body armour and kept hold of the device until it was established that it would not detonate. At the Police Station another officer moved the offender's briefcase, which contained suspected explosives, a safe distance away from his colleagues and maintained watch over the bag. Later the home-made explosive device, together with the devices in the briefcase, were disarmed and destroyed. 

For their actions, the recipients are recognised by the award of the Group Bravery Citation.

Awardees comprise of members of Queensland Police who were ambushed and fired upon while attending a neighbourhood dispute at West Chermside, Queensland on 1 May 2000.

Senior Sergeant Daryl Elliot GREEN

Senior Constable Sharnelle Patricia HARRIS

Sergeant Christopher John MULHALL

Sergeant Brett Andrew PRICE

In the early hours of 1 May 2000, four members of the Queensland Police Force were involved in a police shooting in West Chermside, Queensland.  Three police officers were seated inside a police vehicle at Hanbury Street, West Chermside with the passenger doors open when an offender fired a series of shots into the car, wounding all three officers before threatening to kill them. Despite suffering serious wounds one officer managed to get out of car, draw his service revolver, and provide a line of protection for his wounded colleagues. Suffering similar wounds, another police officer used the radio to alert Police Communications of the incident. A fourth officer driving nearby heard the call for assistance and drove to the scene. He dragged the officers behind his vehicle for cover, scanned the area for the offender, and provided situation reports by radio until other police and ambulance personnel arrived. Following the shooting, the offender fled to nearby bushland and was later found deceased. 

For their actions, the recipients are recognised by the award of the Group Bravery Citation.

Awardees comprise of four members of Queensland Police who rescued an elderly woman from a stricken vessel in the flooded Burnett River at Bundaberg, Queensland on 26 January 2013.

Detective Senior Constable Jon Allan MURRAY

Constable Brent James SCHULZ

Senior Constable Donita Maree STAINS

Senior Constable Ryan Barry THOMPSON

On 26 January 2013, four members of the Queensland Police Service rescued an elderly woman from a stricken vessel in the flooded Burnett River at Bundaberg in Queensland.  As a result of ex-tropical cyclone Oswald, the city of Bundaberg was lashed by flooding rain. A 16 metre sailing yacht, with an elderly couple on board, broke away from its mooring and began to float uncontrollably down the Burnett River. The elderly man scrambled up onto the deck as the yacht collided with another vessel. Three police officers responded and observed an elderly woman on the deck as the yacht drifted before becoming stuck in mangroves. A fourth police officer arrived, located a 'tinny', and tied a rope to it which the other three police officers hung on to. He entered the fast flowing water and, on boarding the yacht, searched for the man. Meanwhile a second officer used the 'tinny' to make his way to the vessel. Unable to locate the elderly man, the two officers placed the woman in the tinny, which was then pulled to safety by the police officers on shore. Sadly the man was later found deceased. 

For their actions the recipients are recognised by the award of the Group Bravery Citation.