THREE ACT residents were honoured for acts of bravery by Governor-General Quentin Bryce at the Australian Bravery Awards yesterday.
Among those praised were Canberra couple Jason and Jodie Roff, who in April 2009 spotted smoke coming from a house as they drove down Langdon Avenue in Wanniassa.
The couple pulled over and Mr Roff called triple zero as they ran into the house where they found two elderly occupants struggling to save their personal possessions and find their cat.
The occupants were initially reluctant to leave but Mr and Mrs Roff were able to convince them to leave the premises and get to safety not long before the house was engulfed in flames.
The Roffs were both awarded a Commendation for Brave Conduct as a result of their actions.
Also honoured was ACT resident, Navy Commander Scott Palmer. During the 2011 Queensland floods Commander Palmer was on the crew of a Navy Sea King Helicopter undertaking evacuations when they spotted a man being swept along Laidley Creek.
The crew initially attempted a winch rescue, lowering a team member down within three feet of the man, but were unable to grab hold of him. The stricken man was then able to pull himself out of the water and into a tree canopy, which allowed a crew member to be lowered into the tree and connect the man to a harness so he could be lifted to safety. Commander Palmer was honoured with a Group Bravery Citation.
Acting Chief Minister Andrew Barr described the ACT recipients as “extraordinary Canberrans who have put their own safety at risk to come to the aid of people facing an immediate danger.”