Australia — The Royal Humane Society has announced 33 bravery awards for emergency services personnel who performed acts of selfless courage in bushfires.
Police officers, MFB firefighters, State Emergency Service full-timers and volunteers and among 32 people who will receive silver or bronze medals and a policeman who will be awarded a certificate of merit.
There are no CFA full-time staff or volunteers in the list, despite them playing the major firefighting role on Black Saturday, and the society says it is still seeking nominations from other agencies.
Silver medals have been awarded to Leading Senior-Constable Roger Wood and Senior-Constable Cameron Caine, who led 50 people in a convoy out of Kinglake.
They also assisted at a fatal multiple car pile-up and helped transport people in need of urgent medical treatment to Whittlesea.
Sen-Constable Caine said he and his colleague felt humbled by the award.
“I was just gobsmacked, I suppose. Totally honoured, ” Sen-Constable Caine said.
“It’s nice to have the recognition – speaking to the other guys who got an award, it is just the recognition we were out there every day.”
Among the others who will receive silver medals are police officers Ian Hamill, Andrew Walker, Peter Collyer, Ken Dwight and Ian Thompson, who helped evacuate Marysville as the firestorm hit.
A number of police officers have already received police valour awards. The awards will be made next year.