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Sunday 18 August 2019

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

AUSTRALIAN HONOURS AND AWARDS

QUEENSLAND BRAVERY RECIPIENTS

ANNOUNCED – Monday, 19 August 2019

AWARDED THE BRAVERY MEDAL (BM)

Miss Elizabeth Ann ADAMS

On 29 May 2016, Miss Elizabeth Adams rescued a woman from a burning vehicle at Palm Beach in Queensland.

In the early evening Miss Adams was driving towards an intersection in Palm Beach when a car travelling at high speed raced beside her before leaving the road and impacting with a power pole. Debris, including a baby car seat, was strewn over a large area as the vehicle was split in two.

Miss Adams immediately stopped her vehicle and ran to the scene.  She opened the door and then instructed bystanders, who had also stopped, to look for a baby. Other drivers then came to assist and together with Miss Adams they pulled the deployed airbags off the injured female driver.

With fire now coming through the windscreen and footwell, Miss Adams reached into the car and tried numerous times to pull the woman free. Whilst a bystander supported the unresponsive woman, Miss Adams consciously placed herself in a position between the woman and the flames as she manipulated the woman's arms and legs from underneath the steering wheel and dashboard.

Shattered glass covered the woman as Miss Adams and four men continued to manoeuvre the woman's body and the front seat until the woman could be pulled from the vehicle.

Miss Adams and the others then moved the woman away from the car as one of the men, who was a doctor, checked her vital signs. With the danger of explosion imminent, the woman was moved further away from the burning vehicle moments before it erupted in flames. Emergency Services arrived and transported the injured woman to hospital.

By her actions, Miss Adams displayed considerable bravery.

Mr Craig Geoffrey COLEMAN

On the evening of 27 March 2017, Mr Craig Coleman rescued a man from dangerous floodwaters at a property near St Lawrence in Queensland.

Mr Coleman and his wife were asleep in their home when their neighbour phoned them to say that his house was being inundated by floodwaters and that he was stranded.

The area around St Lawrence was being affected by a major flooding event due to the effects of Cyclone Debbie.  The flooding was accompanied by high wind gusts, heavy rain and the fast moving water was classed as an inland tsunami.  Water levels at the neighbour's property were rising rapidly, and his vehicle had also been swamped, rendering it useless.

Mr Coleman and his wife quickly obtained a small motor boat and trailered it to a safe place from which to launch it into the water.  Whilst his wife stayed with their vehicle, directing its headlights to illuminate the water, Mr Coleman launched the boat and navigated his way in the dark and treacherous conditions to his neighbour's property located one and half kilometres away.

On reaching the property Mr Coleman found his neighbour clinging to a pole on the outside of the house.  The fast flowing water was up to the man's chest.

Mr Coleman moved the small boat close to the man and managed to pull him and his dog onboard.  The men then made their way back through flooded bushland to where Mrs Coleman and the vehicle were located.  The group made their way slowly along the flooded Bruce Highway and returned to the safety of the Coleman's property.

By his actions, Mr Coleman displayed considerable bravery.

Sergeant Paul Anthony COX

On 5 December 1998, Sergeant Paul Cox, then a Senior Constable, was involved in calming a civil disturbance event that included an armed offender at Cherbourg in Queensland.

In the early hours of the morning Senior Constable Cox and another police officer were on duty when they were notified of a disturbance involving a local family and a crowd of over 100 people in a nearby street.  As the first police officers to arrive at the scene they saw the crowd was spread over a distance of some 40 metres, mostly in two groups.  They identified some members of the crowd as earlier having an agitated confrontation with the officers.

Senior Constable Cox exited the police vehicle while the other officer alerted colleagues to the situation via the police radio. The angry crowd began to hurl rocks and bottles towards the police vehicle.  He re-entered the police vehicle and he and his colleague decided on a plan of action.

As the two groups of people yelled threats at each other, Senior Constable Cox and his colleague got out of the police vehicle and each headed towards a different group.  They both attempted to calm the groups and diffuse the hostile environment.

At this time, a man from one of the groups, armed with a shotgun, ran from the rear of a nearby house, loading the weapon as he ran.  Without hesitation Senior Constable Cox's colleague ran towards the armed offender who discharged the shotgun.  The officer placed himself between the armed offender and the crowd and was then able to disarm the man and secure the shotgun inside the police vehicle.

A short while later the same offender reappeared with a rifle and fired two shots towards the angry crowd.  Senior Constable Cox's colleague and another man tackled the offender to the ground and the rifle was removed and placed in the police vehicle.  The offender was then moved to a nearby garage and away from the angry crowd.

During this time Senior Constable Cox had been surrounded by the crowd and several people were jostling and pushing him about.  A man then swung a punch to the rear of his head.  Despite this he remained calm and continued to reason with the hostile crowd in an attempt to prevent further violence.

Other police officers then arrived on the scene and the decision was taken to withdraw for safety reasons.

By his actions, Sergeant Cox displayed considerable bravery.

Mr Damond Warwick GRAY

On 23 July 2017, Mr Damond Gray apprehended an armed offender at Mount Warren Park in Queensland.

Mr Gray was at home at around 2pm when a family member informed him that an armed intruder was in the house. The man had walked through the house holding a knife and a loaded shotgun, before leaving through the back door. 

The family member followed the armed man, who had earlier pointed the firearm directly at her. She saw the man throw a bike over a neighbour's fence before leaving the site.

Mr Gray and the female family member immediately got into a car and began to drive through the streets in search of the man. They located him attempting to break into a parked vehicle. Mr Gray stopped his car alongside the armed man who pointed the shotgun directly at their windscreen. The offender then began to run and Mr Gray exited his vehicle and chased after him.

After a foot pursuit, Mr Gray caught up with the man and stood about a metre in front of him. The man was out of breath and puffing as he raised the gun and pointed it directly at Mr Gray.

Mr Gray was able to distract the offender by saying the police had arrived, and he was then able to grab the offender's weapon, breaking it in the process. He put the offender in a headlock, pulled him to the ground, and threw the shotgun to the side.

At this time the female family member reached the pair and Mr Gray instructed her to go and find his neighbour, who arrived on the scene and helped with restraining the offender.

The men held the offender until police officers arrived at the scene.

By his actions, Mr Gray displayed considerable bravery.

Mr Matthew Caine HASSEN

On 5 December 1998, Mr Matthew Hassen, then a Senior Constable, was involved in calming a civil disturbance event that included an armed offender at Cherbourg in Queensland.

In the early hours of the morning Senior Constable Hassen and another police officer were on duty when they were notified of a disturbance involving a local family and a crowd of over 100 people in a nearby street. As the first police officers to arrive at the scene they saw the crowd of people was spread over a distance of some 40 metres, mostly in two groups.  They identified some members of the crowd as earlier having an agitated confrontation with the officers.

Senior Constable Hassen's colleague exited the police vehicle while he alerted other colleagues to the situation via the police radio. The angry crowd began to hurl rocks and bottles towards the police vehicle.  Senior Constable Hassen's colleague re-entered the police vehicle and the officers decided on a plan of action.

As the two groups of people yelled threats at each other, Senior Constable Hassen and the other officer got out of the police vehicle and each headed towards a different group.  They both attempted to calm the groups and diffuse the hostile environment.

At this time, a man from one of the groups, armed with a shotgun, ran from the rear of a nearby house, loading the weapon as he ran.  Without hesitation Senior Constable Hassen ran towards the armed offender who discharged the shotgun.  He placed himself between the armed offender and the crowd and was then able to disarm the man and secure the shotgun inside the police vehicle.

A short while later, the same offender reappeared with a rifle and fired two shots towards the angry crowd.  Senior Constable Hassen and another man tackled the offender to the ground and the rifle was removed and placed in the police vehicle.  The offender was then moved to a nearby garage and away from the angry crowd.

During this time the other officer had been surrounded by the crowd and several people were jostling and pushing him about. A man then swung a punch to the rear of his head.  Despite this he remained calm and continued to reason with the hostile crowd in an attempt to prevent further violence.

Other police officers then arrived on the scene and the decision was taken to withdraw for safety reasons.

By his actions, Mr Hassen displayed considerable bravery.

Mr Alan Brian LAWRY

In the evening of 17 July 2016, Mr Alan Lawry rescued a woman from a burning house at Coolum in Queensland.

At about 10.30pm Mr Lawry was at home with his wife when he smelt smoke. He went out his front door and saw a smoke haze over the house across the street. As he approached the house he saw an orange/red glow coming from inside. He quickly ran to a nearby house and raised the alarm with a neighbour.

Mr Lawry and his neighbour ran to the smoke covered property, jumped the fence and began checking the front door and windows, but they were hot to the touch.  They then went to the rear of the house and checked a window and door.  They opened the back door and Mr Lawry went in to search for occupants.

Mr Lawry was about one metre inside the house when he located the body of an unconscious female.  He dragged her outside and, with the assistance of his neighbour, away from the burning house, placing her in the recovery position.  At that stage the woman was breathing and her body was covered in soot.

Mr Lawry and the other man, believing that there may be more occupants in the house, entered the burning dwelling and made their way down the hallway before being forced back due to the intensity of the flames and heat.

The men then moved the woman to the front of the property where her condition deteriorated.  Mr Lawry immediately commenced CPR and continued this until ambulance officers arrived.  Meanwhile the other man and some neighbours began to douse the house with water.

Sadly the woman did not survive the incident.

By his actions, Mr Lawry displayed considerable bravery.

The late Mr Robert Fawcett PICKERSGILL

On the 26 November 1940, Mr Robert Pickersgill rescued a child from a burning homestead near Blackall in Queensland.

At around 12.15 pm on that day Mr Pickersgill was working at Bonnie Doon sheep station when he and others were alerted to a fire at the nearby homestead.

Mr Pickersgill and others rushed to the house. Using a garden hose, attempts were made to extinguish the fire. Efforts were also made to recover some contents from the homestead, however due to the intense heat, only a few items were able to be retrieved.

At this time, it was noticed that the four year old daughter of the homestead's owners was missing.  Without regard for his own safety, Mr Pickersgill immediately entered the burning building and began to search for the child.

He eventually located her in the bathroom of the house where the ceiling had caught fire.  He immediately picked up the child and removed her from the house.  Soon after the homestead was completely engulfed in flames and destroyed.

By his actions, Mr Pickersgill displayed considerable bravery.

 

AWARDED THE COMMENDATION FOR BRAVE CONDUCT

Mrs Vivienne Susanne COLEMAN

On the evening of 27 March 2017, Mrs Vivienne Coleman assisted in the rescue of a man from dangerous floodwaters at a property near St Lawrence in Queensland.

Mrs Coleman and her husband were asleep in their home when their neighbour phoned them to say that his house was being inundated by floodwater and that he was stranded.

The area around St Lawrence was being affected by a major flooding event due to the effects of Cyclone Debbie.  The flooding was accompanied by high wind gusts, heavy rain and the fast moving water was classed as an inland tsunami.  Water levels at the neighbour's property were rising rapidly, and his vehicle had also been swamped, rendering it useless.

Mrs Coleman and her husband quickly obtained a small motor boat and trailered it to a safe place from which to launch it into the water.  Whilst her husband launched the small boat, Mrs Coleman manoeuvred their vehicle so that its headlights were illuminating the water, which was rising quickly.

Mrs Coleman stayed with the vehicle whilst her husband managed to reach his stranded neighbour’s property where he found the man clinging to a pole with the fast flowing water up to his chest.  He rescued the neighbour and his dog and then navigated his way back through flooded bushland before sighting the lights of their vehicle where Mrs Coleman had remained despite the dangerous weather conditions.

The group then made their way slowly back along the flooded highway and returned to the safety of the Coleman's property.

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

Warrant Officer Class Two James Hugh COTTLE

In the morning of 1 March 2010, Warrant Officer Class Two (then Corporal) James Cottle went to the assistance of a woman after a motor vehicle accident at Kingsgrove in New South Wales.

At 6.30am Corporal Cottle was driving his vehicle when he witnessed a two car accident at an intersection in Kingsgrove.

He quickly assessed the scene and immediately positioned his vehicle to provide protection to the cars involved. He grabbed a combat first aid kit from his vehicle and approached the worst affected car. He gained access to the interior of the badly damaged vehicle by climbing through the back to reach the young female driver who appeared to be unconscious.

He noticed that the driver had suffered significant injuries to her head so he commenced first aid.  At this time smoke started to enter the vehicle from the engine so he opened the rear window of the vehicle and asked a bystander to get a fire extinguisher from his car boot and start to spray the engine bay. As this happened, he continued to provide first aid treatment to the victim.

The fire was subsequently extinguished and he remained with the injured driver whilst heavy equipment was used by emergency services to free her.

For his actions, Warrant Officer Class Two Cottle is commended for brave conduct.

Mr Robert William DEVLIN

On 6 June 2018, Mr Robert Devlin went to the assistance of a man caught in a burning truck near Mackay in Queensland.

At about 4.30am, Mr Devlin was driving to work along the Nebo Range west of Mackay when he saw a prime mover on its side.  He immediately ran to the truck and saw the driver, who was in shock, stuck in the burning cab.  The driver attempted to kick out the windscreen to no avail.

With the back of the cab on fire, Mr Devlin quickly found some debris on the road and proceeded to smash a small section of the windscreen.  Mr Devlin and the driver were then able to peel back the windscreen enough for Mr Devlin to assist the man out of the cab which, moments later, was completely engulfed in flames.

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

Mr Craig John HOGARTH

In the early hours of the morning of the 20th of August 2017, Mr Craig Hogarth rescued two people from a burning building at Kings Beach in Queensland.

Acting Station Officer Hogarth, and his Queensland Fire and Emergency Services colleagues, responded to a direct brigade alarm at a seven storey apartment building in Kings Beach.  On reaching the building they observed that the ground floor was well alight.

After instructing his colleagues on a plan of action, Acting Station Officer Hogarth made his way to an entrance to access the building's fire indicator panel.  To reach the panel he had to cross a three metre concrete walkway with flames leaping across it.  He was forced to crawl close to the wall in order to avoid the flames.

On reaching the fire door of the common area of the unit complex he saw that it had been propped open and thick smoke had filled the area.  Lying on the floor approximately five-seven metres inside were two unconscious people.

He quickly entered the area and dragged the closest person outside and away from the door towards the concrete barrier.  He then requested assistance and for oxygen equipment be bought to his location.

He re-entered the common area and dragged the second person outside and away from the smoke.  He entered the premises for a third time to check for any other occupants, before returning outside and assisting with first aid procedures on the two victims until the arrival of Queensland Ambulance officers.

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

 

Mr Daniel Wayne McDONALD

In the evening of 17 July 2016, Mr Daniel McDonald assisted in the rescue of a woman from a burning house at Coolum in Queensland.

Mr McDonald was at home when his neighbour arrived and told him about a fire in the house across the street.

Both men ran to the smoke covered property, jumped the fence and began checking the front door and windows which were hot to the touch.  The men then went around to the back of the house and checked a rear window and door.  They opened the back door and Mr McDonald’s neighbour entered the smoke-filled house.

When his neighbour was about one metre inside the house he saw an unconscious female.  He dragged the woman outside and Mr McDonald assisted him to take her away from the burning house, placing her in the recovery position.  At that stage the woman was breathing and her body was covered in shoot.

Mr McDonald and his neighbour, believing that there may be more occupants in the house, entered the burning dwelling and made their way down the hallway before being forced back due to the intensity of the flames and heat.

They then moved the woman to the front of the property where her condition deteriorated.  Mr McDonald, along with other neighbours, began to douse the house with water.

Sadly the woman did not survive the incident.

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

Mr Darryn Charles MARSHALL

On the morning of 2 July 2018, Mr Darryn Marshall rescued a young woman from the balcony of a multi-story apartment complex in Southport in Queensland.

At about 9.45am, Mr Marshall and a colleague were working on the balcony of an apartment on the 38th floor of a building in Southport.  Mr Marshall's colleague had wedged open the door of the apartment and was waiting for a lift to arrive so that he could return to ground level and collect additional building materials. Mr Marshall continued to work on the balcony of the apartment.

At the same time on the ground floor, a young woman with Down Syndrome and her two carers were waiting for a lift to arrive.  Without her carers' knowledge, the young woman entered a lift which took her to the 38th floor and it opened to Mr Marshall's waiting colleague.  He saw the young woman exit the lift and walk towards one of the apartments.

As Mr Marshall took a break on the balcony of the building, he glanced sideways and saw the young woman jump up onto the balustrade of the balcony.  She then hung off the railing with both arms, one leg and her upper torso hanging over the side.

Mr Marshall immediately rushed towards the young woman, lunged over the side of the railing and managed to grab her by the arm immediately prior to her losing her grip on the railing.  He was then able to pull her back over the railing onto the balcony to safety.

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

Mr Roberto SEROLA

On the morning of 17 February 2018, Mr Roberto Serola rescued an injured surfer at Burleigh Beach in Queensland.

Mr Serola was surfing at Burleigh Beach when he noticed a surfer get knocked off her board by the large swell. The young woman was submerged for a short time before resurfacing and floating close to some rocks.

He quickly paddled over to her.  As he got closer he could hear her screaming for help, and he noticed that she had a significant leg injury.  He got off his surfboard but kept it strapped to his leg and then, holding onto the young woman, swam her towards a safer area.

The large waves continued to pound the pair, directly hitting the young woman's injured leg and causing her further pain.  Mr Serola positioned his body to prevent the waves directly hitting the injured leg, and continued to reassure her that she would be alright.

After approximately 20 minutes they reached shallower water and Mr Serola carried the injured young woman ashore where surf lifesavers attended to her until emergency services arrived.

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

Mrs Kerry Lee SEYMOUR

On 16 February 2018, Mrs Kerry Seymour rescued a woman from dangerous surf at Alexandra Headlands Beach in Queensland.

At about 3pm on the day, Mrs Seymour and a friend were paddling in shallow water at a beach on the Sunshine Coast when, without warning, both women were swept into deep, rough water.

Mrs Seymour was swept further out than her friend but was able, with much effort, to make her way back to the safety of the beach. The other woman was in difficulty in the rough swell and became unconscious.

From the beach, Mrs Seymour saw her friend floating face down in the water and, despite her exhaustion and the dangerous water conditions, she quickly re-entered the surf and swam out to the woman.  On reaching her, she then managed to swim her back to the safety of the beach where she immediately began first aid procedures on the unconscious woman.

Soon after, surf lifesavers came to her assistance and the woman was taken to hospital by ambulance officers.

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

Senior Constable Jay Stuart SHEPHERD

On the evening of 25 February 2015, Queensland Police Officer Senior Constable Jay Shepherd extracted a man from a burning vehicle at Mount Gravatt in Queensland.

At about 6pm, Senior Constable Shepherd and other Queensland Police officers were notified of a man attempting self-harm on a busy freeway in Mount Gravatt.  Arriving at the scene, they located a man sitting in his stationary vehicle. He was highly agitated, in possession of a five litre fuel can, a cigarette lighter and three knives. The car was locked with the engine running and the man's clothing appeared wet with fuel.

Another police officer spoke to the man and listened to his demands. A request for further backup was made. The driver was refusing to leave the vehicle and began to remove his clothing. He had the fuel container open on his lap and fuel was visible as he tilted it backwards.  A police officer remained in conversation with the man through a small gap in the driver's window, whilst Senior Constable Shepherd and other officers were at the rear driver's side corner of the vehicle awaiting instruction.

The highly agitated man then lit a cigarette, doused himself and the inside of the vehicle with fuel, removed more of his clothing, and wound up the window. The man lit the fuel and the flames immediately filled the vehicle. Evacuation actions commenced on both sides of the vehicle with windows smashed, and Fire officers pushing hoses in to extinguish the flames.

Senior Constable Shepherd lunged into the fire filled vehicle, grabbing the man with both hands, whilst another officer hit the cigarette lighter away from the man. He and the other officer then pinned the man against the inside of the driver's door before removing him from the burning vehicle with the assistance of other officers.

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

 

AWARDED THE GROUP BRAVERY CITATION

Mr Cyril Idres CAIRNS

Mr John Francis COLLINS

The late Mr Geoffrey GRANT

Mr David JEFFERSON

Mr Michael James KINDNESS

Mr Roy Stanley KOPLICK

Awardees comprise of former Queensland Corrections Officers who assisted during a fire and inmate riot at a maximum security prison in Dutton Park, Queensland on 2 December 1987.

On the morning of 2 December 1987, Queensland Correctional Officers provided assistance during a fire and inmate riot at a maximum security prison in Dutton Park, Queensland.

At around 11.45 am prisoners at the former jail in Dutton Park began to throw furniture, set fires and destroy property.  Prisoners armed themselves with makeshift weapons and were rampaging through the corridors. 

About 20 inmates not involved in the mayhem, who were concerned for their safety, approached a correctional officer who allowed them to cram into his office.

External police officers and emergency service vehicles began to appear outside the walls and attempts to extinguish flames were made at the back of the prison. With the intent to restore control from the outer perimeter, orders were issued for correctional officers to secure records and evacuate the prison. 

Some officers remained inside to provide safety to inmates not involved in the rioting.  Prison hospital staff was also discovered inside the hospital area and, after inmate patients were secured, staff were escorted from the prison.

Other officers who had evacuated re-entered the prison to provide assistance when a fire was noticed in C Wing.  On entering C Wing, officers discovered panicked prisoners concerned for their safety.  Other officers arrived and assisted the panicked inmates over locked barriers and to the stairways, allowing them to access the lower level and be released from the burning C Wing.

At H Wing several hundred prisoners were locked into their cells to ensure their safety and, despite the danger of approaching armed rioting inmates, several officers used hoses in an attempt to extinguish fire breakouts.

Despite the state of mayhem and danger two officers also remained at the Reception Chief Officers’ Station to preserve the security of keys and other vulnerable items.

A short while later correctional officers re-entered the prison and quelled rioting inmates.

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

 

Miss Elizabeth Ann ADAMS

Dr Ashok GANGASANDRA BASAVARAJ

Mr Vishaak GANGASANDRA

Mr Richard STAPLES

Mr John Hendrikus VERBEEK

Awardees comprise of members of the public who were involved in the rescue of a woman from a burning vehicle at Palm Beach, Queensland on 29 May 2016.

In the early evening of 29 May 2016, members of the public were involved in the rescue a woman from a burning vehicle at Palm Beach in Queensland.

Just after 6pm a car travelling at high speed left the road near an intersection, leaving the road and crashing into a power pole.  Debris was strewn over a large area as the vehicle was split in two and then caught alight.

A passer-by stopped her vehicle and ran to the wrecked car.  Other drivers then stopped to assist and they managed to pull the deployed airbags off the injured female driver.

With fire coming through the windscreen and footwell, one person reached into the car and tried to pull the woman free, whilst another person supported the unresponsive driver.  With flames getting more intense a rescuer placed herself between the driver and the flames and manipulated the woman's arms and legs from underneath the steering wheel and the dashboard.

Shattered glass covered the driver and the five rescuers continued to manoeuvre her and the front seat until they were able to pull her from the vehicle.

The injured woman was moved away from the vehicle and her vital signs were checked by one of the rescuers who was a doctor.  Moments later the damaged vehicle erupted into flames.

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

Sergeant Agnelle Amelia BAGETTI

Senior Constable Jason Patrick BANKS

Senior Constable Brendan Sean O’BRIEN

Sergeant Matthew John O’BRIEN

Senior Constable Jay Stuart SHEPHERD

Senior Constable Ashley Karl THOMPSON

Awardees comprise of members of Queensland Police Service who were involved in removing a man from a burning vehicle at Mount Gravatt, Queensland on 25 February 2015.

On the evening of 25 February 2015, Queensland Police Officers were involved in the extraction of a man from a burning vehicle at Mount Gravatt in Queensland.

At about 6pm, Queensland Police were notified of a man attempting self-harm on a freeway in Mount Gravatt.  When the officers arrived on the scene, they located a man sitting in his stationary vehicle on the inside lane of the busy freeway. He was highly agitated, in possession of a five litre fuel can, a cigarette lighter and three knives.  The car was locked with the engine running and the man's clothing appeared wet with fuel.

One of the officers spoke to the man and listened to his demands. At this time, the driver was refusing to leave the vehicle and began to remove his wet clothing. He had the fuel container open on his lap and fuel was visible as he tilted it backwards.  The officer remained in conversation with the man through a small gap in the driver's window, whilst other officers were located at the rear driver's side corner of the vehicle awaiting instruction.

The man then lit a cigarette, doused himself and the inside of the vehicle with fuel, removed more of his clothing, and wound up the window. The man lit the fuel and the flames immediately filled the vehicle. Evacuation actions commenced on both sides of the vehicle with the driver and passenger windows smashed. Fire officers then pushed hoses through the passenger and rear windows in order to extinguish the flames.

One officer lunged into the vehicle, grabbing the man with both hands, whilst another officer hit the cigarette lighter away from the man. Both officers then pinned the man against the inside of the driver's door, and with the assistance of other officers, removed the driver from the burning vehicle.

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

Constable Richard Louis ADDERLEY

Senior Constable Anthony Dale COOK

Awardees comprise of members of Queensland Police Service who were confronted by an armed man at Gracemere, Queensland on 22 December 2015.

On the 22 December 2015, Queensland Police Officers were confronted by an armed man at Gracemere in Queensland.

Both Officers were responding to a disturbance in Gracemere when they were informed the offender, who was possibly armed, was attempting to gain entry to a residence.  On arriving at the residence, they stopped their police vehicle past the house to create some cover.

The Officers saw the offender standing at the front of the premises holding a rifle which he was pointing upwards.  They got out of the police vehicle and approached the man with their weapons drawn and issuing verbal warnings for him to drop the gun.

The offender ran towards the front door of the house and began to bang violently on the door and yell at the occupants.  One officer quickly moved up the driveway and used a parked car as cover before walking directly towards the door area.

At that time the armed offender came out from behind a pillar and walked towards the officer with his rifle pointed directly at him. The man was crouching slightly and looking through the scope of the rifle.

The officer fired a string of shots at the offender who then dropped the rifle. The officer then provided cover for his colleague who had holstered his firearm and approached the injured offender.  Both officers then restrained the offender until other emergency services arrived.

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

 

Mr James FERGUSON

Mr Samuel Liam FOURAS

Mr Christopher Edward HOLLOWAY

Awardees comprise of members of Queensland State Emergency Service and one member of the public who rescued a family stranded in floodwaters following Cyclone Debbie, Queensland on 31 March 2017.

In the early hours of 31 March 2017, members of the Queensland State Emergency Service and one member of the public were involved in the rescue of a family stranded in floodwaters following Cyclone Debbie in Queensland.

State Emergency Services (SES) in Luscombe were requested to go to the assistance of three people stranded on the roof of their home following the destructive effects of Cyclone Debbie.  Three SES volunteers prepared a boat and set off in the dark, in water that was strong flowing and rising rapidly.

Despite floating debris, the trio continued upstream, often being required to duck to avoid damaged powerlines. They came upon a small group of people, one of whom offered assistance and he was subsequently briefed as the group of four continued upstream.

When the boat was approximately 150 metres from the stranded family on the rooftop, a group of locals assisted in manoeuvring the boat through the shallow water to a deeper part of the river. At this point another person replaced one of the people in the boat, and it continued upstream over submerged fence lines and trees. The family on the roof of the house were sighted and after a quick reconnaissance of the scene, the boat was manoeuvred alongside the house, near a balcony.

With the floodwater continuing to rage, the boat was secured and one of the SES members jumped over a railing and onto a balcony.  He spoke with an older man who informed him that the other family members were on the roof.  Flood water was rising higher as the SES volunteer climbed out over the balcony and then crawled on his hands and knees along an awning until he located a woman and two children.

The three were individually brought along the awning and another SES volunteer assisted them onto the balcony.  The children were then fitted with life jackets and helped aboard the boat.  The older man refused to leave without his dogs so it was agreed that the dogs would also be evacuated.

The boat then set off into the swift flowing water and encountered large trees and debris as it fought the currents.  On reaching a safe site, other members of the public helped to secure the boat to a power pole and the family was then able to disembark.

Soon after the house was dislodged from its foundations by the water and was pushed down the river, coming into contact with other houses, trees and power poles.

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