Acts of bravery during last year's devastating floods in south east Queensland will be officially recognised today.
Governor Penny Wensley presented bravery medals at a ceremony at Government House in Brisbane this morning. The recipients include helicopter crews, swift water rescue teams and firefighters. Among them was Geoffery Dixon and Kerry Weir who nearly drowned searching for two people missing in floodwaters at Murphy's Creek. Nathan Chadwick helped fellow firefighter Philip Paff save a woman who was trapped in her car in the floodwaters. Mr Paff also saved a family from a flooded home at Murphy's Creek, then rescued one of his colleagues whose foot had gone into a submerged drain, threatening to drag him under.
Two helicopter crews was recognised for conducting 47 rescues in two days. Pilot John McDermott and his son Simon McDermott from the Sunshine Coast crewed the first helicopter to arrive during the emergency.
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