Selfless acts of bravery honoured
WHEN a brawl broke out at Yamba's Flinders Park and police were pelted with bottles and rocks, the risk to Michael Murray's safety never crossed his mind as he ran to support police.
With officers severely outnumbered and under fire from the angry mob, Mr Murray and fellow Pacific Hotel security guard Adam Millane helped police take control of the disturbance.
Mr Murray said they helped police arrest a woman as the brawl raged.
“The number of people and the situation the police were facing was out of control,” he said.
“They were obviously in danger of getting seriously hurt.”
Despite being in danger himself, he said he would do the same thing again in an instant.
“It wouldn't matter who it was, if I saw someone in that situation again I would go and give them a hand,” he said.
Mr Murray was joined by four other Clarence Valley residents who received commendations for their actions from the NSW Police Force.
Adam Millane and Anthony Tuite also received certificates of recognition for their selfless actions at Flinders Park.
Other civilians recognised for their bravery:
John Maultsaid sprang to the defence of two women who were being violently assaulted by a drunken man while sitting in their car on River St, Maclean.
When he placed himself between the offender and the women, the man turned his aggression to Mr Maultsaid, enabling the women to lock themselves in the vehicle.
The man then kicked the vehicle repeatedly with Mr Maultsaid intervening, before he followed the man to a Maclean hotel, where the offender was identified to police and arrested.
Mr Maultsaid was awarded a certificate of appreciation in recognition of his exceptional community spirit without concern for his own personal safety.
During a shift at South Grafton's BP Marina Service Station in May 2009, Michael Reeves saw a distressed woman enter the toilet at the premises and lock herself inside to escape the wrath of a man who was following her.
After kicking and banging at the door, the man ripped off the door handle and Mr Reeves distracted the man enough so the woman could jump behind the counter and flee into the office.
The man continued his rage and jumped the counter to try to get to the woman, but was detained by Mr Reeves and a customer until police arrived.
Mr Reeves was awarded a certificate of appreciation in recognition of his brave and community-spirited actions.