2012-2013 Recipients & Citations

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Case Number


Date

18

BANISTER, Michael

Silver

12/11

1/1/2012

12

BENTSEN, Nils

Bronze

12/03

2/12/2011

6

BULL, Stacy Anne

Silver

12/02

21/03/2011

22

BUTLER, Scott

Bronze

2012/14

14/8/2011

20

CANSDELL, Shaun

Certificate of Merit

12/13

4/1/2011

7

COOPER, Peter

Bronze

10/106

21/3/2011

5

COX, Blake (20)

Certificate of Merit

10/64

26/01/2011

5

COX, Brady (15)

Certificate of Merit

10/64

26/1/2011

5

COX, Liam (11)

Bronze

10/64

26/1/2011

13

CUI, Jack

Posthumous Bronze

12/04

1/5/2011

23

CUTBUSH, Rowan

Silver & Galleghan Award

12/16

16/3/2011

26

ENYON, Dylan

Certificate of Merit

2013/09

2/9/2011

4

FARRAND, Peter

Bronze

10/72

1/4/2010

21

FERNANDEZ, Nathaniel

Bronze

12/19

8/5/2012

17

FLANIGAN, Shane

Certificate of Merit

12/10

10/2/2012

2

FLETCHER, Graham

Bronze

12/06

6/3/2009

1

FOWLER, Christopher

Bronze

11/23

13/7/2007

21

GEORGE, Andrew

Bronze

12/19

8/5/2012

28

GOODWIN, Mark

Bronze

2013/11

13/3/2013

26

GOW, Jacob

Certificate of Merit

2013/09

2/9/2011

26

GREEN, Colin

Certificate of Merit

2013/09

2/9/2011

22

GREEN, Mark

Certificate of Merit

2012/14

14/8/2011

11

HANNAN, Timothy

Silver

10/105

27/8/2011

4

JAMIESON, Bruce

Certificate of Merit

10/72

1/4/2010

14

KENNEDY, Melissa

Bronze

12/07A

24/12/2011

20

KUNST, Edward

Bronze

12/13

4/1/2011

2

LYE, Lauren (19)

Bronze

12/06

6/3/2009

9

McCARREN. Phillip

Bronze

10/62

4/12/2009

14

McCULLY, Ben

Bronze

12/07B

24/12/2011

6

McWILSON, Scott

Silver

12/02

21/3/2011

16

MINOGUE, Paul

Bronze

12/09

23/1/2012

25

MORGAN, James

Bronze

2013/07

3/9/2010

8

O’GRADY, Matthew

Bronze

10/47

28/3/2007

3

REID, Roy

Silver

11/26

6/7/2009

7

RIGON, David

Bronze

10/106

21/3/2011

22

RUSSELL, James

Certificate of Merit

12/14

14/8/2011

8

SAKOULAS, Con

Bronze

10/47

28/3/2007

24

SCHULTE, Cameron

Bronze

2013/06

8/12/2009

2

SHAW, Jeffrey

Bronze

12/06

6/3/2009

13

STEBBING, Lance

Bronze

12/04

1/5/2011

10

TIPPETT, Jason

Bronze

10/102

24/6/2011

10

TUCKWELL. Bradley

Bronze

10/102

24/6/2011

19

WIBLEN, John

Bronze

12/12

22/2/2012

27

ZIELTJES, Stephen

Bronze

2013/10

19/8/2012

 

1. Case: 11/23

BRONZE MEDAL

Senior Constable Christopher John FOWLER

LETTER OF COMMENDATION

Constable Benton Talbot David ALLEN

for their actions at the scene of an attempted murder at Bellbird, NSW 2325 on 13 July 2007.

Responding to several "Triple O" calls about a violent and abusive woman, on the late evening of 13 July 2007, Senior Constable Christopher FOWLER and Constable Benton ALLEN went to a house at Bellbird, NSW 2325. Approaching the house an injured man ran out of the front door.

Inside the house Senior Constable FOWLER and Constable ALLEN found the woman gripping a 30 cm serrated kitchen knife standing over a second injured man. She then stabbed at the man's head.

Constable ALLEN went outside to arrange an ambulance for the injured man and to warn other police of the impending danger.

With two young children in the house Senior Constable FOWLER made the decision not to use his weapon. Knocking the knife from the woman’s grip he wrestled her to the ground. With the assistance of Constable ALLEN the woman, struggling violently, was removed from the house.

Knowing she had Hepatitis C, the woman then spat directly into Senior Constable FOWLER's face. Capsicum spray had to be used before she could be handcuffed.

The second man was conveyed by ambulance to John Hunter Hospital for treatment. Senior Constable FOWLER sought medical attention for possible Hepatitis C contamination. He has since been medically discharged from the NSW Police Force.

2. Case: 12/06

BRONZE MEDALS

Ms Lauren Johanna LYE (19)   
Mr Graham Miles Henry FLETCHER
Mr Jeffrey Lawton SHAW

LETTERS OF COMMENDATION

Detective Sergeant Matthew James CROTTY
Ms Michelle Ann THURGOOD

for their actions at the scene of a motor vehicle collision near Bendemeer, 2355 on 6 March 2009.

At about 3:25pm on 6 March 2009 a sedan driven by a young man near Bendemeer veered into the incorrect north bound lane directly into the path of an unmarked police Pajero with two on-duty officers on board.

The Pajero driver, Detective Sergeant Matthew CROTTY took evasive action to prevent a head-on collision which was unsuccessful. On impact, the sedan erupted into flames, and the force of the impact caused the Pajero’s airbags to be deployed

Travelling behind the sedan Lauren LYE, a student nurse, witnessed the incident. She pulled over, put on her hazard lights and immediately called Emergency Services.

Ms LYE then checked both vehicles and realised that Detective Sergeant CROTTY was already assisting his injured male passenger.

She then hailed a passing vehicle driven by Graham FLETCHER, and obtained a fire extinguisher. Together Ms LYE and Mr FLETCHER ran to the burning sedan.

At this stage Jeffery SHAW arrived at the scene. He helped Ms LYE and Mr FLETCHER by moving the driver’s seat of the sedan, so that the male driver could be released. The three of them extracted the man shortly before flames engulfed his sedan.

Assessing the driver’s injuries Lauren LYE then applied first aid before checking on the welfare of Detective Sergeant CROTTY.

Arriving at the scene Michelle THURGOOD helped the driver to walk away from the scene, applying a pressure bandage to his bleeding leg. With the fire intensifying around them Ms THURGOOD moved the driver further away from the scene and stayed with him until emergency services arrived. An ambulance took the driver to Tamworth Hospital.

Meanwhile, despite being pinned by the foot-well and dashboard Detective Sergeant CROTTY managed to force open the door and exit the Pajero.

His passenger had suffered lacerations and crushed ribs, but had managed to recline his seat as far back as possible. Detective Sergeant CROTTY grabbed hold of him and pulled him out of the Pajero. The man’s ankles had also been injured and were turning black. The heat radiating from the burning sedan was so intense that Detective Sergeant CROTTY had to carry his passenger across the road to safety. He then continued beating away any flames that were getting closer to them before emergency services arrived shortly afterwards.

Ambulance Officers treated Detective Sergeant CROTTY for contusions and minor lacerations to his hand. His passenger was firstly airlifted to Armidale Hospital for treatment to his head wounds and a fractured left ankle later requiring orthopaedic surgery.

3. Case: 11/26

SILVER MEDAL

Mr John Roy REID

for his actions at the scene of a violent armed robbery in a newsagency at Earlwood, NSW 2206 on 6 July 2009.

At about 6:20am on 6 July 2009, two offenders wearing balaclavas entered a newsagency where the first offender forced the store owner to lay face down on the ground with a firearm pointed at his head.

The second offender grabbed a man at the counter then punched and kicked him to the ground. He ordered the beaten man to open the safe before he realised the man did not work in the newsagency.

Forcing the store owner to enter the store room both offenders became agitated and threatening the two men when they could not find the safe key. The store owner opened the till; the second offender grabbed approximately $600 to $700 worth of notes and started looking underneath the counter for more money.

A nearby store owner Mr. John REID had become aware of the robbery. He entered the newsagency through the front door allowing the store owner to run out and call Triple O.

Spotting the second offender kneeling underneath the till, Mr. REID grabbed hold of him and struggled with him as he pulled the offender away from the counter area. The first offender came up behind the struggling men. When John REID turned to face him he was confronted by a firearm levelled at his chest. The armed offender aimed and shot Mr REID in the right upper leg threatening to shoot at him again. Both offenders then ran from the newsagency and into a vehicle that was parked nearby.

After being stabilised Mr. Reid was taken by ambulance to the Emergency Department of St George Hospital later having operations on his right hip.

4. Case: 10/72

BRONZE MEDAL

Mr Peter Leonard FARRAND

CERTIFICATE OF MERIT

Mr Bruce Gordon JAMIESON

for their actions in a surf rescue at Tallow’s Beach, Suffolk Park, NSW 2481 on 1 April 2010.

At about 12:20pm on 1 April 2010, a young man entered a moderate swell surf with “dumping” style waves on a body board. When he was 50 metres from shore, the young man appeared to suffer a seizure and lose consciousness.
Mr. Peter FARRAND noticed that the young man was floating face downwards with waves washing over him. He entered the one metre high heavily dumping surf and realised that the young man was now also caught in a rip taking him further out to sea.

After making his way through the surf Mr FARRAND noticed the body board was “tombstoning” (i.e. floating in a vertical position in the water) because the board was weighted down by the rider’s body. It is estimated that the young man had been submerged in water two metres deep for approximately 5 minutes.

Mr FARRAND immediately dived down to the unconscious young man and, with great effort, propelled him off the bottom to the surface. On his way to the shore with the unconscious young man Mr FARRAND had to fight against the rip and dumping waves, before reaching a sand bank where he could safely support the young man’s head above water.

Mr FARRAND managed to alert another man, Mr. Bruce JAMIESON, who was standing on the beach. Mr JAMIESON entered the water, made his way to the sand bank and assisted Mr FARRAND in bringing the young man to the shore.

At this point, the young man was blue, not breathing, and a pulse could not be found. CPR was commenced by Mr FARRAND and Mr JAMIESON and the young man began to breathe shortly afterwards, although he remained unconscious.

When the ambulance arrived the young man was transferred by helicopter to Lismore Base Hospital. Doctors believe the young man’s seizure was due to a brain injury from an unprovoked assault that had occurred 10 months earlier.

5. Case: 10/64

BRONZE MEDAL

Master Liam Alexander COX                 (11)      

CERTIFICATES OF MERIT

Master Brady COX                                (15)
Mr Blake COX                                       (20)

for their actions in the rescue of a boy from drowning at Lake Macquarie, near Booragul, NSW 2284 on 26 January 2011.

At about 3:15pm on 26 January 2011 a 4-year boy wandered away from his family during Australia Day celebrations. After walking to a nearby jetty he then fell into the water approximately 20 metres from the shore.

Liam COX (11) walked out along the jetty to go fishing. He saw the young boy about 10 centimetres below the surface of the water. He called out to his brother Blake COX (20) standing on the shore to make his way to the jetty.

Not a strong swimmer Liam COX, nevertheless jumped into the water. While remaining submerged himself he managed to push the young boy above water level with both of his hands. He kept pushing the young boy upwards, encouraging him to grab hold of the jetty. Brady COX (15) arrived at the scene at this time and assisted Liam COX. Shortly afterwards Mr. Blake COX arrived and removed the young boy from the water. The young boy was semi conscious and coughing up water.

The young boy went by ambulance to the John Hunter Hospital and was released the following day not having suffered any permanent injuries.

6. Case: 12/02

SILVER MEDALS

Senior Constable Stacey Anne BULL - NSW Police
Probationary Constable Scott McWILSON - NSW Police

for their actions in the rescue of a woman from floodwaters at Bega, NSW 2550 on 21 March 2011.

During the period 18 to 22 March 2011 the Bega Valley district experienced severe storms and torrential rainfall. The inundation caused flash flooding, broke the banks of the Bega River with the area subsequently declared a natural disaster zone.

At about 10:50pm on 21 March 2011, Senior Constable Stacey BULL and Probationary Constable Scott McWILSON were called to a flooded lagoon where a sedan was stranded. Two metre high floodwaters were lapping at the windows of the sedan and a woman trapped inside could be heard screaming.

The on site SES team was not in a position to conduct a rescue. There were no other resources available to provide assistance to the trapped woman. Faced with a life threatening situation Senior Constable BULL directed an SES member to guard the police vehicle and ensure it was not stranded by rising floodwaters.

Both officers removed their appointment belts and boots and entered the floodwaters. Despite being hampered by torrential rain and unknown debris, they swam through the fast flowing water in the dark and managed to reach the vehicle. In the rear seat the woman was trying to kick out one of the vehicle’s windows. With water up to her shoulders she appeared to be hysterical and suffering from shock.

Senior Constable BULL used a police long baton to smash the rear near side window, cutting open her own left lower arm, hand and fingers in the process. She and Probationary Constable McWILSON tried to reassure the woman, who they then found out, could not swim.

Senior Constable BULL instructed Probationary Constable McWILSON (not a strong swimmer) to stay with the woman. She then swam 50 metres against the torrent back to the SES team. Obtaining a flotation device with a rope attached she re-entered the floodwaters and swam back to the sedan.

With the assistance of Probationary Constable McWILSON they managed to secure the woman in the flotation device and lay her on her back. Within moments of removing the woman from the sedan, the vehicle was swept away.

Both officers then towed the woman through the torrential floodwaters, back to the SES team. Because no ambulance could reach them they utilised the police vehicle to convey the woman to Bega Hospital, where she was treated for shock.

Senior Constable BULL rendered self first aid, and returned to her duties. Together with Probationary Constable McWILSON she continued to assist with other rescues. After their shift finished she returned to Bega Hospital where her left hand and other wounds were treated for a bacterial infection.

7. Case: 10/106

BRONZE MEDALS

Senior Fire-fighter David RIGON - Fire & Rescue NSW
Senior Fire-fighter Peter COOPER - Fire & Rescue NSW

for their actions in the rescue of an elderly woman from a house fire at Birchgrove, NSW 2040 on 21 March 2011.

At about 7:38pm on 21 March 2011, Fire & Rescue NSW crews were called to a house fire where an elderly woman was trapped on the third floor balcony.

The house construction made it impossible for a single ladder to reach the third floor balcony. Using an extension ladder and carrying a “jumbo” folding extension Senior Firefighter David RIGON and Senior Firefighter Peter COOPER immediately accessed the first floor balcony. Assembling the folded ladder the two firefighters quickly used it to scale up to the second floor balcony.

Directed to move to her neighbour’s adjoining roof, the woman did this and was seen to be holding on to a railing. Senior Firefighters RIGON and Senior Firefighter COOPER then pulled up the folded ladder, re-extended it in a suitable position near the neighbouring house directly below the woman. I

Senior Firefighter RIGON scaled the ladder while Senior Firefighter COOPER used a table and pot plants beside the ladder to climb up and assist the woman to let go of the railing.

Despite the intensity of the fire the firefighters managed to help the woman reach the ladder safely, and bring her down to the second floor balcony

Senior Firefighter RIGON and Senior Firefighter COOPER cleared a path through a severely cluttered external stair to take the woman to ground level where a waiting ambulance took the woman to hospital.

8. Case: 10/47

BRONZE MEDALS

Mr. Matthew O’GRADY
Mr. Con SAKOULAS

for their actions at the scene of a boating collision in Sydney Harbour, NSW 2000 on 28 March 2007.

At about 10.51pm on the evening of 28 March 2007, the ferry Pam Burridge and the motor cruiser Merinda collided in Sydney Harbour, east of the Harbour Bridge off Dawes Point.

Of 12 people on board the Merinda, four died, two others suffered terrible injuries while the remaining passengers and crew survived with minor injuries only. The Merinda was torn in half and was almost entirely submerged within a couple of minutes. The larger vessel Pam Burridge had only two people aboard who suffered no injuries.

Immediately after the collision and distress calls had gone out, two ferries the Fishburn crewed by Mr. Simon MITCHELL, Mr. Con SAKOULAS and Mr. Matthew O’GRADY and the Golden Grove responded.

Mr. Matthew O’GRADY plunged into the black water three times to rescue survivors and to recover victims.  He rescued a woman standing on the wreckage of the Merinda and took her to the Pam Burridge.  He then swam back and rescued an unconscious lady and also took her to the Pam Burridge.  He was swimming back to rescue a third woman when his feet touched the body of a man who was under the water.  He swam him back to the Fishburn and attempted CPR but the man was deceased.  He then remained on the Fishburn doing what he could to assist survivors who had been brought abroad by other rescuers.

Although the wreckage of the Merinda Contained jagged edges and potential snags Mr. Con SAKOULAS jumped into the water and rescued the third woman clinging to the wreckage.

9. Case: 10/62

BRONZE MEDAL

Intensive Care Paramedic (ICP) Phillip McCARREN

for his actions at the scene of an ambulance accident near Taree, NSW 2430 on 4 December 2009.

On 4 December 2009 Intensive Care Paramedic Phillip McCARREN was in the rear patient compartment of an ambulance attending to a patient being conveyed to Manning Base Hospital at Taree.  Realising the ambulance was not going to negotiate a sharp corner Mr. McCARREN threw himself over the patient and grabbed the stretcher in order to protect the patient.

After the ambulance had rolled twice, the vehicle came to rest with the patient, having fallen through the safety harness, lying on his back unconscious in the stretcher, and on top of Mr. McCARREN.

After using his mobile phone to call for assistance (both radio and antenna were damaged) Mr. McCARREN then proceeded to kick out the window of the sliding rear side door. This was despite previously sustaining an injury to his right shoulder, three dislocated anterior ribs, soft tissue damage and back pain.  Regardless of his injuries Mr. McCARREN went back into the ambulance to extricate the patient. He then assisted the driver, who was upside down but conscious, using scissors to cut him out of his seatbelt.

Due to his injuries Mr. McCARREN, along with his patient, was then taken to hospital.

10. Case: 10/102

BRONZE MEDALS

Mr Jason TIPPETT
Mr Bradley TUCKWELL

for their actions at the scene of truck fire at Picton Road, Cataract, NSW 2560 on 24 June 2011.

On 24 June 2011 Mr. Jason TIPPETT and Mr. Bradley TUCKWELL arrived at the scene of a major motor vehicle accident on Picton Road, Cataract. A truck had rolled on to its side in the east bound lane and caught fire.

The driver was trapped in the vehicle with flames already starting to engulf the truck’s cabin. Mr. TUCKWELL grabbed a metal pole and smashed some holes into the front windscreen and, with the assistance of Mr. TIPPETT, got the driver out.  Mr TUCKWELL suffered a number of cuts to his hands and was attended to by the ambulance staff but he did not require any hospital treatment.

When the police arrived the truck was well alight. They observed the fire was so intense that the bitumen road surface was on fire. It took the NSW Fire Brigade nearly 30 minutes to extinguish the fire.  The ambulance staff treated the driver for minor cuts and bruises to his arms and legs.

11. Case: 10/105

SILVER MEDAL

Timothy HANNAN         (16)

for his actions in the rescue a male from the surf off Lurline Bay, Maroubra NSW 2035 on 27 August 2011.

At approximately 1:10 pm on 27 August 2011, 16 year old Timothy HANNAN was rock fishing with friends. He saw a male person jump from Kings Reef Cliff, South Coogee, land on the rocks about 20 metres below, and roll into the water. 
The man was then seen to be floating north past where Timothy HANNAN and his friends were fishing. Climbing down the rugged coastal terrain Timothy HANNAN entered the cold winter water, battling the ocean swell, with waves smashing up against the rocks and cliff face which could have easily resulted in injury.  One of his friends threw the man a rope, but he refused to take hold, saying “he did not want any help and wanted to die”.

Timothy HANNAN took hold of the man and kept him afloat for approximately 10 minutes until the arrival of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.  During this time the man repeatedly said “he did not want to go back”.

Once the man was winched out of the water by the helicopter crew Timothy HANNAN swam back to the rocks. He was retrieved by local beach life savers who had made their way to the location on jet skis. Taken back to Maroubra Beach Timothy HANNAN was treated by ambulance personnel before being taken to Prince of Wales Hospital.

12. Case: 12/03

BRONZE MEDAL

Mr Nils BENTSEN

for his actions on 2 December 2011 on the Princes Highway at Frogs Hollow, NSW 2550 in the rescue of a driver from an overturned vehicle which subsequently ignited.

Travelling north along Princes Highway, Frogs Hollow, NSW 2550 at about 9.15am on 2 December 2011 Mr NILS BENTSEN observed an overturned vehicle containing the woman driver, the sole occupant of the vehicle.  Smoke was issuing from the vehicle.

Leaving his vehicle Mr BENTSEN went to render assistance when the vehicle has ignited.  Despite the smoke and heat he managed to release the seatbelt and assisted the driver out of the vehicle to safety.  When the Police arrived the vehicle was well alight, with heavy dark smoke issuing.  The intensity of the fire caused the vehicle to explode and it was then totally destroyed by fire. 

13. Case: 12/04

BRONZE MEDALS

Mr Jack CUI (Posthumous)
Sergeant Lance STEBBING

LETTERS OF COMMENDATION

Senior Constable Jamie FARR
Probationary Constable Christian VULPEANU

for their actions at Middle Beach, Mosman, NSW 2088 in attempting to rescue two rock fishermen swept into rough seas on 1 May 2011.

On 1 May 2011 at 10:30 am at Middle Beach, Mosman NSW 2088 a rock fisherman Mr Weiguang GE was washed off the rocks near Obelisk Beach.  His brother-in-law Mr Jack CUI, stripped down to his underwear, and entered the water in an attempt to assist Mr GE but, due to the rough conditions, they both struggled to stay afloat.  Trying to swim to safety Mr CUI and Mr GE were about 5 to 10 metres from the rocks when another wave came in, they were separated and swept further out to sea. 

As a result of a “000” call Sergeant Lance STEBBING, Senior Constable Jamie FARR and Probationary Constable Christian VULPEANU from the Harbourside LAC attended the scene. Probationary Constable VULPEANU sighted one of the men and with little regard for his safety Sergeant STEBBING made his way down the slippery rocks entered the rough swell and retrieved the unconscious male (Mr Ge).  With the assistance of Senior Constable FARR and bystanders the unconscious man was lifted to a rock platform above the breaking waves where CPR was commenced by Sergeant Stebbing and Senior Constable Farr. Also a defibrillator was used by Sergeant Stebbing but without result.

Throughout this time Probationary Constable VULPEANU continued lookout for Mr Cui until relieved later by search craft and helicopters. Police divers located Mr Cui’s body under water about 2 hours later.

14. Case: 12/07A

BRONZE MEDAL

Ms Melissa KENNEDY

for her actions on 24 December 2011 at Wagga Wagga, NSW 2560 in rendering assistance to a man and his dog viciously attacked in a street by two stag hound dogs.

At about 6:30 am Mr Howard BROWN was walking his dog along Docker Street, Wagga Wagga NSW 2560 when it was attacked by two stag hound dogs. These dogs then turned on him and commenced to viciously attack him.  Ms Melissa KENNEDY, driving along Docker Street, saw the attack and stopped to render assistance to Mr BROWN.

In turn, Ms KENNEDY was ferociously attacked by the two dogs. The two victims then attempted to gain entry into her car while still being attacked by the dogs.  Once Mr Brown’s dog successfully gained entry to the car the attacking stag hounds ran off.

Ms KENNEDY then drove them both to the Emergency Section of the Wagga Wagga Base Hospital.

15. Case: 12/07B

BRONZE MEDAL

Mr Ben McCULLY

LETTER OF COMMENDATION

Constable BAGLEY

for their actions on Saturday 24 December 2011 at 7:00 am in Wagga Wagga, NSW 2560 in rendering assistance to a woman viciously attacked in a street by two stag hound dogs.

At about 7:00 am on 24 December 2011 Mrs Vicky McCULLY was reversing her motor cycle out of the front gate of her home when two dogs attacked her causing her to lose balance and fall off her motor cycle.  On the ground the dogs commenced to drag her along the ground for about 10 metres causing her to scream in fear and pain.

Hearing his mother’s screams for help Mr Ben McCULLY ran outside and attempted to remove the grip the two dogs had on his mother.  The dogs then attacked him, allowing Mrs. McCULLY to run into her house to call for an ambulance and get a large kitchen knife.

Managing to grab hold of the male dog’s choker chain Mr McCULLY dragged it to the other side of the motor cycle and pinned it to the ground.  Constable BAGLEY then arrived and observed it was an extremely of aggressive animal which Mr McCULLY was struggling to control due to the severe and open lacerations to his forearms.

Constable BAGLEY then had to deploy severe actions (Capsicum spray and use of the long baton on the choker chain) to subdue the male dog.  The female dog remained placid afterwards and a rope was secured around her neck without incident.

An ambulance attended and conveyed both victims to Wagga Wagga Base Hospital, both suffering severe lacerations all over their bodies.

16. Case: 12/09

BRONZE MEDAL

Mr Paul MINOGUE

for his actions in attempting to rescue a child from dangerous surf at Corrimal Beach, NSW 2518 on 23 January 2012.

At about 6.30pm on 23 January 2012 Mr Paul MINOGUE was walking at the south end of Corrimal Beach when he was alerted by a distressed 12 year old girl that her 8 year old male friend was missing in the water.  The child had been in shallow water but was knocked over by a wave in dangerous surf and swept approximately 100 metres out to sea.  Members of his family on the beach were non swimmers.
Seeing the raised arm of the 8 year old child Mr MINOGUE immediately entered the water.  He swam out for a distance of approximately 100 metres and made numerous attempts to locate the child, remaining in the water for a period of some time without success. Mr MINOGUE needed treatment by ambulance officers for exhaustion.
The young boy’s body was recovered four days later at Woonona.

17. Case: 12/10

CERTIFICATE OF MERIT

Mr Shane FLANIGAN

for his actions in the rescue of a woman from a house fire at Towradgi, NSW 2518 on 10 February 2012.

On 10 February 2012 at approximately 12:30 hours Mr Shane FLANIGAN was walking his dog along Elizabeth Street Towradgi, when he heard the high pitched sound of a smoke alarm.  When he approached the house he saw smoke issuing from the single level residential house.

He entered the rear of the house and found a well established fire in the kitchen.  Standing adjacent to the fire was 94 year old Mrs Sheila MINTORN who was in her walking frame but struggling to move away from the fire.  He placed her in a wheelchair which was near the front door and with the assistance of another neighbour, then wheeled her around the corner to safety.
When the Fire & Rescue NSW crew from 241 Station Bulli arrived at 12:35 hours there were large volumes of smoke blanketing the street.

18. Case: 12/11

SILVER MEDAL

Mr Michael BANISTER 

for his actions in the rescue of a number people from dangerous surf conditions at North Cronulla Beach, NSW 2230 on 1 January 2012.

At about 7pm on 1 January 2012 Mr Michael BANISTER was walking the esplanade with his family at North Cronulla beach when he noticed a group of ten young adults going down to the water’s edge for a swim.  Although aware of a rip in the area the youths were heading towards he continued walking with his family. Shortly afterwards he decided to check on the group, then he noticed that two of the group had been swept out past the sand bar and were in deep water and unable to swim.

Using an abandoned body board Mr BANISTER entered the surf.  Four others from the group entered the water to help their friends but unfortunately they also required help. Mr BANISTER reached the first casualty, a young woman who was underwater. He managed to pull her on to the board and then collected the other four whom he instructed to cling to the board and kick their way back to the sand bar.  With the five safely back on the sand bar he realised there was one person still missing – a young male just managing to tread water approximately 150 metres from the shore outside the line of breaking waves. 

Instructing the five people to stay on the sand bar Mr BANISTER went to the young man.  After locating him and getting him onto the board he escorted him back to the sand bar as well. From the sand bar Mr BANISTER escorted each person individually to the beach.  Mr Patrick HANNAN (who lives in premises on the ocean front) and witnessed the whole incident then provided assistance.

19. Case: 12/12

BRONZE MEDAL

Mr John WIBLEN

for his actions at the scene of a vehicle fire at Lions Park, Woy Woy NSW 2256 on 22 February 2012.

In Lions Park Woy Woy NSW 2256 at about 2.30pm on 22 February 2012 Mr John WIBLEN heard an explosion, saw the boot of a car fly open and flames and smoke come out of the vehicle.  He saw a person sitting in the rear of the vehicle, behind the driver’s seat engulfed by flames and screaming.  As he raced towards the vehicle Mr WIBLEN noticed smoke and flames rolling through the vehicle around the person’s head, and that the roof lining was beginning to burn.

Forcing open the rear door of the vehicle Mr WIBLEN dragged the victim to a safer area some 20 metres from the vehicle. With the assistance of another member of the public he started administering first aid and continued to do so until ambulance personnel took over.

Fire & Rescue NSW personnel determined the fire was deliberately lit, confirmed by police as an attempted suicide.

20. Case: 12/13

BRONZE MEDAL

Mr Edward KUNST

CERTIFICATE OF MERIT

Mr Shaun CANSDELL

LETTER OF COMMENDATION

Mr Greg HACKFAITH

for their actions in the surf rescue of two women at Sandy Beach NSW 2456 on 4 January 2011.

At Sandy Beach NSW 2456 on 4 January 2011 at about 2:00 pm Mr Edward KUNST was approached by a distraught woman pointing to the ocean where her friend was screaming and in trouble.  Mr KUNST immediately swam out in swirling surf and tried to calm the woman before assisting her to the beach.

Despite feeling exhausted, Mr KUNST re-entered the dangerous surf and began to search for a second woman known to have been in the surf at that time. In difficult and dangerous surf conditions he eventually had to leave the water without finding the missing woman.

A local lifeguard Mr Shaun CANSDELL entered the water with his rescue board. Identifying the rip and the direction in which it was heading, he commenced to search for the second woman.  Conditions at this time were rough, with a strong wind blowing. The choppy swell was so treacherous that the local surfers had already left the area. 

About 20 minutes later the unconscious body of the woman was located approximately 600 metres from where she had entered the water floating face up in the water. Mr CANSDELL brought her to shore where he and the head lifeguard Mr Greg HACKFAITH continued CPR in tandem for over one hour without respite. Unfortunately the woman was unable to be revived.

21. Case: 12/19

BRONZE MEDALS

Mr Nathan FERNANDEZ
Mr Andrew GEORGE

for their actions in the rescue of two men at Budgewoi Beach NSW 2262 on 8 May 2012.

On 8 May 2012 at about 5.30pm two men were fishing in a 16 foot aluminium boat off Budgewoi Beach, NSW 2262 when a large wave capsized the boat approximately 200 metres from shore throwing them into the water.

The younger man managed to swim to shore. However the older man remained in the water drifting away from the upturned vessel.  At this time Mr Nathan FERNANDEZ and Mr Andrew GEORGE attempted to use a paddle board to reach the fisherman still in the water.  Due to dangerous conditions they had to return to shore. 
Again they both attempted to paddle out to the man and were concerned with the fading light, very poor visibility and knowing that the rescue helicopter was still some 15 minutes away.

Although Mr GEORGE was forced to return to shore because he was exhausted Mr FERNANDEZ persisted until he was able to reach the man and return him to shore where medical assistance was waiting.

22. Case: 2012/14

BRONZE MEDAL

Mr. Scott BUTLER

CERTIFICATE OF MERIT

Mr. James RUSSELL

for their actions at the scene of an attempted murder at Yamba NSW 2464 on 14 August 2011.

At home on 14 August 2011 at 12:30 pm Mr. James Russell heard his mother screaming.  Reaching the kitchen, he saw his mother leaning against the kitchen bench with his father trying to choke her from behind. The blood on the floor came from his mother who had sustained two stab wounds and lacerations to her neck, and a wound to her chest. 

A neighbour Mr Scott Butler, armed with a long handled scraper, ran into the premises to help Mr. James Russell. He found Mrs Karen Russell and, beside her, a knife wielding male not known to him.  Mrs Russell was holding a blood stained cloth to her neck and appeared to be in shock.  There was a large amount of blood on the kitchen floor, cupboards and sink.  Mr. Butler held up the floor scraper and told the man (Mr. Tony Russell) to put down the knife.

While Mr. Butler kept the man with the knife occupied, Mrs Russell and Mr. James Russell were able to move out to the front yard of the premises. The agitated man continued to pace the kitchen and kept trying to push past Mr. Butler who was attempting to negotiate and calm him down.  He then picked up a second knife off the kitchen floor and walked in and out of the kitchen to the back yard a number of times.  During this period Mr. Butler followed and kept him in his sight whilst attempting to calm him. 

Eventually the man walked into the back yard again where he entered Mrs. Russell’s vehicle armed with a knife and refused to exit the vehicle.

Police arrived shortly after and negotiated with the man for 6 hours before he was tasered.  He was subsequently charged with attempted murder.

23. Case: 2012/16

SILVER MEDAL & GALLEGHAN AWARD

Mr Rowan CUTBUSH

LETTER OF COMMENDATION

Mr Mark GREEN

for their actions in the rescue of a female after a shark attack on 16 March 2011, off Nelson Head at Port Stephens, NSW 2315.

While wakeboarding behind a para-sailing vessel at approximately 12:57 pm on 16 March 2011 Ms. Lisa Mondy fell into the water about 500 metres off Nelson Head, Port Stephens.

Immediately, the master of the vessel, Mr. Mark Green, with his observer Mr. Rowan Cutbush, turned around to pick Ms. Mondy up. As Ms. Mondy was swimming towards the wakeboard she was attacked from underneath by a 3.5 to 4 metre Great White Shark. Bitten on the right hand side of her neck face and left arm, the shark lifted Ms. Mondy approximately half a metre out of the water before releasing its grip on her.

Without hesitation Mr. Cutbush leapt into the water while Mr. Green navigated the vessel towards Ms. MondyMr Green then threw Mr. Cutbush a line. Holding the line with one hand Mr. Cutbush used his other arm to hold Ms. Mondy’s right arm and her life jacket. Mr. Green used the line to pull them to the boat.  Mr. Cutbush then swam them both to the aft area of the vessel. While they attempted to confuse the shark, the vessel was churning up as much white water as possible. Mr. Green and Mr. Cutbush were able to lift Ms. Mondy out of the water onto the marlin board of the vessel.

Ms. Mondy had sustained substantial injuries and what was remained of her left arm was only barely attached.  Mr. Green found the artery and used Mr. Cutbush’s shirt to plug the wound and apply pressure.  During the 10 minute trip back to the marina Mr. Green made all efforts to keep Ms Mondy conscious and assist, as much, as he could with her huge pain problems.

Mr. Cutbush navigated the vessel to the wharf where they were met by an ambulance. Conveyed to John Hunter Hospital via Westpac Rescue Helicopter Ms. Mondy underwent 16 hours of eventually successful surgery.

24. Case: 2013/06

BRONZE MEDAL

Mr. Cameron SCHULTE

LETTERS OF COMMENDATION

Senior Constable Troy Christian SIMMONS
Senior Constable Caroline TOMEK
Mr. Stephen Roy HILL

for their actions in the rescue of two badly burnt victims from a bush fire near Vittoria, NSW 2799 on 8 December 2009.

At about 4.17pm on 8 December 2009 Senior Constable Troy Simmons and Senior Constable Caroline Tomek went to a bush fire near Vittoria, NSW 2799. They were met by Mr. Stephen Hill, who took them to a site where two badly burnt men were at a water trough. It transpired that the son, Mr. Cameron Schulte, on his motor bike had gone in search of his father. After finding him, although both had got caught and burned by the fire, they had managed to find and use a water trough.

Mr Hill and Senior Constables Simmons and Tomek immediately applied first aid. Air assistance was called. A water bombing helicopter began to drop near the site, but the rescue helicopter was unable to land due to poor visibility and smoke. However, nearby, it was able to hover sufficiently low enough for a doctor to alight. When the fire front moved closer, Mr. Hill moved his refrigerated meat truck to the site.

The badly burnt men were helped on to the vehicle, one in the front with Senior Constable Simmons and the doctor, while the other was in the back with Mr. Hill. In a desperate situation Senior Constable Simmons drove the refrigerated vehicle off the site, through rough terrain, until the following rescue helicopter could land safely. Senior Constable Tomek followed in the police vehicle.

Ambulance officers attending treated both victims before conveying them to hospital.

25. Case: 2013/07

BRONZE MEDAL

Constable James MORGAN

for his actions in the rescue of a man from drowning in the Parramatta River at Meadowbank, NSW 2114 on 3 September 2010.

At about 3.30am on 3 September 2010 police responded to a call to assist a male who was drowning in the Parramatta River off Meadowbank Wharf. Arriving on the scene, police observed the man about 300 metres from the wharf, being swept by the current towards Sydney.

With no police rescue units available for some time, sensing the man was in a distressed state and drowning, Constable James Morgan took the decision to enter the water. After swimming about 400 metres in pitch dark and freezing cold waters Constable Morgan reached the drowning man. Together they then drifted down to a further 200 metres to the Belmore Street Wharf where other police assisted them from the water.

An ambulance took the rescued man to Ryde hospital. Constable Morgan resumed his duties soon afterwards. 

26. Case: 2013/09

CERTIFICATES OF MERIT

Chief Inspector Colin GREEN
Constable Jacob GOW
Mr. Dylan ENYON

LETTERS OF COMMENDATION

Mr. Travis LAMB
Mr. Asher LICCARDI
Mr. David GWILLIM

for their actions at the scene of a light plane crash at North Curl Curl beach, NSW 2096 on 2 September 2011.

At about 10.30am on 2 September 2011 a light plane crashed into the sea about 50 metres off North Curl Curl Beach, NSW 2096. A passenger managed to free himself from the wreckage of the plane which sunk on impact. Two members of the public, who witnessed the crash immediately entered the water. Mr. Travis Lamb and Mr. Asher Liccardi swam out to the man and assisted him to a rocky ledge. They were assisted by Mr. David Gwillim to bring the man ashore.

Informed that the pilot was trapped in the sunken plane the police at the scene, Chief Inspector Colin Green and Constable Jacob Gow removed their police uniforms and swam to the area where the plane had disappeared. The wreckage was about 10 metres below the surface. The water was covered in oil slicks and debris. Both officers made several efforts to dive down to the wreckage of the plane to free the trapped pilot, but without success.

The officers were joined at the wreckage site by Mr. Dylan Enyon who also dived unsuccessfully in his attempts to free the trapped pilot.   

The body of the pilot was later removed from the wreckage by police divers.

27. Case: 2013/10

BRONZE MEDAL

Mr Stephen ZIELTJES

LETTER OF COMMENDATION

Mrs Michelle ZIELTJES

for their actions act the scene of a motor vehicle accident on the Northern Distributor, Orange, NSW 2800 on 19 August 2012

On 19 August 2013, Mr Stephen ZIELTJES a passenger in a car with his family on the Northern Distributor Orange, NSW 2800, witnessed a motor vehicle accident.

Mr Zieltjes ran to one of the vehicles involved in the collision, a Ford 4 wheel drive vehicle containing a female driver and 3 children.  At once Mr. Zieltjes started to remove the children from the vehicle. 

Seeing the other vehicle, a sedan, had started to catch on fire Mr Zieltjes called to his wife, Mrs Michelle Zieltjes, to help the female driver and the children while he ran to the other car. 

Mr Zieltjes then entered the vehicle to extricate the driver but unfortunately found him deceased.  Mr Zieltjes obtained a fire extinguisher to spray on this vehicle prior to the arrival of Fire & Rescue NSW. 

The deceased driver was on the passenger side of the vehicle.  In attempting to pull the deceased person out of the car, Mr Zieltjes had to enter the car through the back left hand door. 
Regrettably this attempt was unsuccessful because the door was locked.  Mr Zieltjes then got into the back seat, put his arms around the deceased chest area but was unable to remove him because the deceased’s right hand was stuck on the driver’s side door.

Fumes and smoke forced Mr Zieltjes out of the vehicle without the deceased person.

Fire, Police and Ambulance officers arrived shortly after.  The car burst into flames.

28. Case: 2013/11

BRONZE MEDAL

Mr Mark GOODWIN

for his actions in recovering an injured male from under a train at Lindfield Railway Station, NSW 2070 on 13 March 2013.

At approximately 7.50am on 13 March 2013, Mr Mark Goodwin, dressed in business attire, saw a 19 year old man attempted self harm by jumping in front of a city bound passenger train at Lindfield Railway Station, NSW 2070.  Mr Goodwin was among the approximately 150 commuters on the station waiting to board the train.

Without regard for his own safety Mr Goodwin immediately jumped to the track between two carriages and located the young man screaming under the fourth carriage.  In this rescue attempt Mr Goodwin  faced considerable danger because of live electrical components under the train, the possibility of the train moving off, and other trains running coming to Lindfield during the peak hour period.

Mr Goodwin assisted the young man to remove himself from under the train.  As a result of the incident the young man attempting self harm suffered only minor lacerations