Anthony Althaus recognised for role in 2011 flood rescues
ANTHONY Althaus found himself in the middle of an event which made headlines around the world.
Mr Althaus played a vital role in helping 13 members of the Police Public Safety Response Team who were deployed to assist with the flood disaster on January 10, 2011, in the Lockyer Valley.
Mr Althaus was awarded a Royal Humane Society of Australasia bravery medal on Tuesday in recognition of the role he played that fateful afternoon more than three years ago.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk presented Mr Althaus with his award at a ceremony at Brisbane City Hall.
Mr Althaus also travelled across flooded bridges, roads and farmland to conduct house-to-house searches for people trapped in the floodwaters at Grantham.
Police were able to locate three families in their houses as well as make direct contact with a large number of residents at Grantham taking shelter in the state school as a direct result of his actions.
Cr Quirk said all bravery award recipients had the opportunity to walk away and leave the risk for someone else.
He said they did not; instead they stepped up to the plate in order to help others.
"Each recipient has a different story to tell," he said.
"They all acted on instinct.
"They have definitely become role models for others to look up to."