Rockhampton youngsters Dane Careless, six, and Tyrin Careless, nine, were honoured at the Queensland Disaster Heroes recognition ceremony at the Rockhampton Heritage Village.
Rockhampton youngsters Dane Careless, six, and Tyrin Careless, nine, were honoured at the Queensland Disaster Heroes recognition ceremony at the Rockhampton Heritage Village. Alister Thomson

Schoolboys get recognition

TWO Rockhampton schoolboys, who a neighbour said gave selflessly during Rockhampton's floods, were honoured at the Queensland Disaster Heroes ceremony in Rockhampton.

Six-year-old Dane Careless and nine-year-old brother Tyrin were nominated by neighbour Enid McCutcheon for their efforts during the floods in Rockhampton.

Although their Frenchville home was not flooded, the whole family pitched in to help the community.

Dane and Tyrin spent three days filling sandbags and handing out food to volunteers as well as water and sunscreen.

They also gave up their toys and Dane donated his pocket money to children who were evacuated.

Mrs McCutcheon said: “I saw what these boys had done and thought they should get recognition”.

The boys' father, Troy Careless, said at one point he was going to take them to the Rock Pool Water Park as a reward for their work but the call went out for more volunteers and the boys again pitched in.

Dane said the medal he received at the ceremony, held at the shearing shed at the Rockhampton Heritage village, was “really, really cool” while Tyrin thought it was “fun”.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh told the audience that more than 100 people from the Rockhampton and Theodore regions had been nominated for various awards.

 

DISASTER HEROES CEREMONY

More than 100 people from Theodore, Rockhampton, Biloela, Calliope and other flood-affected communities were recognised

They included SES, police, paramedics and ordinary residents who were cited for bravery, courage and resilience

The ceremony was held at the Rockhampton Heritage Village and nominees received a special medal



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