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QPS Officers receive bravery awards from the Royal Humane Society of Australasia

A number of officers from the Queensland Police Service attended an award ceremony to receive bravery awards from the Royal Humane Society of Australasia on Friday, July 21.

The awards; seven silver medals, 14 bronze medals, and eight certificates of merit, were presented to QPS officers by The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Councillor Graham Quirk.

The Royal Humane Society of Australasia, formed in 1874, publicly recognises acts of bravery by making awards to those who risk their own lives to save the lives of others. More than 8,450 awards have been made in the Society’s 142 years’ history.

Below is a summary of QPS award recipients. More details relating to each incident are available here: http://www.rhsa.org.au/bravery-award-present

Senior Constable Ben Bjarnesen (Brisbane Region) – Certificate of Merit
Attending the rescue of the occupant of a burning unit, Roma October 28, 2012.

Constable Megan Brunton (Southern Region) – Certificate of Merit
Attending the rescue of a police officer from an armed assailant. Townsville, December 14, 2013.

Senior Constable Kenrick Head (Operations Support Command) – Bronze Medal
Former Senior Constable Pearson – Bronze Medal
Inspector Adrian Rieck (Central Region) – Certificate of Merit
Attending the rescue of a truck driver from a crashed and burning truck, then subsequent explosion of ammonium nitrate. Charleville, September 5, 2014.

Watchhouse Officer Matthew Clark (Brisbane Region) – Bronze Medal
While off duty, attending the rescue of two people from a burning house. Forest Lake, November 24, 2013.

Former Senior Constable Ammon Hapi – Bronze Medal
Constable Chance Lima (South Eastern Region) – Bronze Medal
Attending the rescue of two women from drowning in the surf. Surfers Paradise Beach, January 4, 2013.

Senior Constable Gilbert Van Dongen (Brisbane Region) – Bronze Medal
Attending the rescue of a man from a burning house. Upper Mt Gravatt, May 2, 2015.

Senior Constable Steven Goodall (Brisbane Region) – Bronze Medal
Senior Constable Hayden Lea (Brisbane Region) – Bronze Medal
Attending the rescue of a man threatening to set himself on fire. Carina Heights, March 14, 2015.

Sergeant Ian Grafton (Brisbane Region) – Certificate of Merit
Senior Constable Robert Rafferty (Brisbane Region) – Certificate of Merit
Attending the rescue of the occupants of a school mini-bus stalled in floodwaters. Kallangur, May 1, 2015.

Sergeant Tyrone Gilbert (People Capability Command) – Certificate of Merit
While off duty, attending the rescue of a woman from a crashed and burning car. Launceston, March 12, 2015.

Senior Constable Emily Greenbury (South Eastern Region) – Certificate of Merit
Constable Clint Du Sart (South Easter Region) – Certificate of Merit
Senior Constable Jason Gosling (South Eastern Region) – Bronze Medal
Senior Constable Adrian Browning (Central Region) – Bronze Medal
Attending the attempted rescue of a man from committing suicide. Elanora, February 14, 2012.

Senior Constable Wayne Algie (OSC) – Silver Medal
Constable Kelly Gephart (South East Region) – Silver Medal
Constable Melanie Godfrey (South East Region) – Silver Medal
Sergeant Nicole Jackson (Legal Division) – Silver Medal
Senior Sergeant Brett MacGibbon (South East Region) – Silver Medal
Attending the rescue of a police officer (the late D/S/Con Damian Leeding) and the patrons of the Pacific Pines Tavern. Pacific Pines, May 29, 2011.

Sergeant Robert Colthorpe (Brisbane Region) – Bronze Medal
Constable Connor Cunneen (Brisbane Region) – Bronze Medal
Detective Sergeant Constable Martin Payne (Brisbane Region) – Bronze Medal
Detective Sergeant Constable Stephen Pelzer (Brisbane Region) – Bronze Medal
Senior Constable Adam Petersen (Northern Region) – Silver Medal
Constable Benjamin Burnell (Northern Region) – Silver Medal
Attending the rescue of two people north of Ellis Beach, when an LPG tanker ran off the highway. Ellis Beach, January 5, 2015.

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