Nanny given bravery award
EVERY time Springsure's Jenny and Richard Woolcock look at their daughter Bridie they are reminded of the incredible courage shown by Irish nanny Maeve McLoughlin who was yesterday awarded an Australian Commendation for Brave Conduct.
In September, 2010, Bridie, who was two years old at the time, fell into a swollen creek, which ran through the family's cattle property, and was swept downstream.
Maeve, who was nannying for the Woolcocks at the time, ran along the bank of the creek searching for the toddler and yelled out to one of the Woolcocks' other children to call 000.
Maeve then saw a floating nappy and jumped into the flowing water to save Bridie, before administering CPR and keeping her warm until the ambulance arrived.
"She just didn't give up," said Jenny, who nominated Maeve for the award.
"We didn't know how to thank her - no amount of money could justify what she did so it's just lovely that she's received this," she said.
Jenny said they spoke with Maeve last week to tell her the good news.
"She was very humbled," Jenny said.
Jenny said Bridie was a very healthy, bright little girl.
"I thank God every day that we still have her with us," she said.