Senior Constables Steven Carter (left) and Daven Richards received Royal Humane Society of Australasia bravery awards on July 8, 2014. Picture: Adam Davies
Senior Constables Steven Carter (left) and Daven Richards received Royal Humane Society of Australasia bravery awards on July 8, 2014. Picture: Adam Davies

Unequipped night rescue during floods end in bravery awards

SENIOR Constables Daven Richards and Steven Carter epitomise the word brave.

The two police officers went to work one day totally unaware they would be faced with a life-and-death situation.

But what happened on January 7, 2011, at Kilkivan made it no ordinary day.

Senior Constable Richards and Carter, along with his colleagues, responded to an unfolding emergency in which two people were trapped in a bus that was stranded in rising water at Widgee Creek at the height of the 2011 flood disaster.

When he arrived at the scene he learnt that the bus was about 200m from the water's edge.

In complete darkness, he waded out to a point where he could locate the bus, then decided to swim towards it.

After reaching the bus he realised that the current was too strong to rescue the people safely so he swam back against the current to retrieve an SES boat and safely rescued the two elderly occupants.

Senior Constable Richards and Carter received Royal Humane Society of Australasia bravery awards for their actions at a ceremony on Tuesday at Brisbane City Hall.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, who presented the men with their awards, said everyone who received bravery awards had thoroughly deserved it.

"Each recipient has a different story to tell and has become a role model for others," Cr Quirk said.

Senior Constable Carter, from Gympie Police Station, said he would not hesitate to go to the aid of someone in trouble.

"We have been in adrenaline situations before so I think it definitely benefited us on that day," he said.

"It was just such a freak event.

"Unfortunately we have not had any contact with the man we helped since the event."

Earlier in the day, the two men had waded into floodwaters to help save a man who had become trapped on the roof of his car in One Mile Creek.

Despite the strong flow of water, which was at waist height, both men managed to reached the man's car and carry him to safety.



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