Queensland Firefighters honoured with bravery awards

Queensland's  bravest have been awarded one of the nation’s highest honours this week for heroic conduct in the face of peril.

The new recipients announced this morning will be recognised at ceremonies around the country as they join the honour roll of 40,000 Australian Bravery Decoration recipients since the awards began.

Among those honoured include  are four firefighters from southwestern Queensland who will receive the Star of Courage for rescuing injured motorists after a man’s truck exploded in Charleville in 2014.

It was Peter Hackwood, Clinten McCarthy, Jake Sullivan and Nathan Thompson were first on the scene after a truck filled with 50 tonnes of ammonium nitrate exploded on the Mitchell Highway, injuring eight people.

Along with two members of the public, the crew managed to drag the driver to safety before his truck exploded – the blast was felt up to 30km away.

Other emergency officers rescued a second member of the public who was critically injured.

Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove said the recipients were a source of “courage, support and inspiration” to the community.

Remains of the Angellala Creek bridge after a truck carrying ammonia nitrate rolled and exploded on the Mitchell Highway in 2014.

“We are fortunate ... to have so many outstanding people willing to put themselves in harm’s way to assist others in need,” he said.

Here is the full list.

Star of Courage

Mr Peter Robert Hackwood - Charleville

Mr Clinten Thomas McCarthy - Charleville

Mr Jake Paul SULLIVAN - Charleville

Mr Nathan James THOMPSON - Charleville

Bravery Medal

Detective Senior Sergeant Peter John BOWSER - Queensland Police

Senior Constable Mark Patrick EVERITT - Queensland Police

Mr Michael Bradley HADJ - Charleville

Senior Constable Kenric Robert HEAD - Queensland Police

Ms Phoebe Sylvia Kahlo - Queensland

Mr Shane Colin TAWSE - Slacks Creek

Sergeant Paul David WILLIAMS - Queensland Police

Mr Marcus WILSON NSC - Kenmore Qld 4069

COMMENDATION FOR BRAVE CONDUCT

Mr Mark Alexander BARNES - Thornlands

Mr Christopher Kevin BESTON - Cairns

Mr Craig Andrew CASH - Molendinar

Constable Logan Tristan De COSTA - Queensland Police

Mr John Norman GILBERT - Injune

Senior Constable Steven Adrian GOODALL - Queensland Police

Senior Constable Ammon Smiler HAPI - Queensland Police

Mr Samuel Elijah HIRVI - Upper Mount Gravatt

Mr Chandana KURUPPU - Middle Ridge

Constable Hayden Stuart LEA - Queensland Police

Constable Chance Whetukairangi LIMA - Queensland Police

Ms Riley Heather LYE - Dayboro

Senior Constable Dean MAGARRY - Queensland Police

Senior Sergeant Adrian Paul RIECK - Queensland Police

Mr Beau Daniel RUSHTON - Queensland

Mr Alan James STAINES - Kallangur

Senior Constable Basil Gilbert Van DONGEN - Queensland Police

Mr Liam Colin WALSH - Charleville

GROUP BRAVERY CITATION

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

Constable Logan Tristan De COSTA - Queensland Police

Senior Constable Mark Patrick EVERITT - Queensland Police

Mr John Norman GILBERT - Injune

Mr Peter Robert HACKWOOD - Charleville

Mr Michael Bradley HADJ - Charleville

Senior Constable Kenric Robert HEAD - Queensland Police

Inspector Stephen Edwin KERSLEY - Queensland Police

Mr Clinten Thomas McCARTHY - Charleville

Senior Constable Juliet Heather McGRATH - Queensland Police

Senior Sergeant Adrian Paul RIECK - Queensland Police

Mr Jake Paul SULLIVAN - Charleville

Mr Nathan James THOMPSON - Charleville

Mr Liam Colin WALSH - Charleville

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

Mr Teimoor AMIN - Sunnybank Qld 4109

Mr Matthew Lucas GREENHALGH - Mackenzie Qld 4156

Mr Micheal HAYES - Upper Mount Gravatt Qld 4122

Mr Samuel Elijah HIRVI - Upper Mount Gravatt Qld 4122

Senior Constable Basil Gilbert Van DONGEN - Queensland Police

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

Senior Constable Dean MAGARRY - Queensland Police

Senior Constable Megan Leanne MAGARRY BM - Queensland Police

Ms Hannah Louise NUGENT - Allenstown Qld 4700

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

Acting Sergeant Kerrianne Maree EDWARDS - Queensland Police

Senior Constable Matthew John GRACE - Queensland Police

Ms Riley Heather LYE - Dayboro Qld 4521

Senior Constable Michael John McGAHAN - Queensland Police

Senior Constable Alan Gregory MONTGOMERY - Queensland Police

Senior Constable Kurt Norman MUDGWAY - Queensland Police

Mr Alan James STAINES - Kallangur Qld 4503

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

Senior Constable Peter Anthony HORN - Queensland Police

Senior Sergeant Ian Gregory POTTER - Queensland Police

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

Sergeant Ian Robert GRAFTON - Queensland Police

Mr Brian Thomas KEOGH - Redcliffe Qld 4020

Senior Constable Robert James RAFFERTY - Queensland Police

Mr Mark John SAUNDERS - Murrumba Downs Qld 4503

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

Mr David Gerard BROWN - Currumbin Qld 4223

 

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