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Seven Western Australians recognised in Australian Bravery Decorations

Monday, 19th August 2019

Congratulations to all seven Western Australians recognised in the Australian Bravery Decorations announced today.

The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), approved awards for 74 people across the country.

“Australian Bravery Awards recognise and celebrate Australians who, faced with a dangerous or perilous situation, think not of themselves or their own safety but about others,” the Governor-General said.

“These individuals deserve our admiration – they are an inspiration and examples of the sort of selfless sacrifice that we can all aspire to.”

 The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd)

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Western Australian recipients

The Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia will formally invest Western Australian recipients with the insignia of their awards at an Investiture Ceremony next year.

The following Western Australians were recognised:

Bravery Medal:

  • Mr Leon Brouwer: On 17 April 2017, Mr Leon Brouwer went to the rescue of his daughter after a shark attack at Kelp Beds Beach near Esperance in Western Australia.
  • Mr Jason Shepherd: On the afternoon of 18 February 2017, Mr Jason Shepherd went to the rescue of seven people from treacherous conditions at a beach near Albany in Western Australia.
  • Mr Andrew Strunk: On Monday 14 August 2017, Mr Andrew Strunk went to the rescue of a woman who was trapped in a vehicle in North Fremantle, Western Australia.

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Commendation for Brave Conduct:

  • Miss Ella Andrews: On the evening of 7 January 2019, Miss Ella Andrews rescued her sister from a dog attack at Piara Waters in Western Australia.

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Group Bravery Citation:

  • Mr Robin Lee, Mr Jake Pugh and Mr Ian Urquhart: In the morning of 20 April 2018, members of the public rescued people from a burning car in Orelia, Western Australia.

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