Officers' heroic efforts awarded
THREE Nanango police officers and one paramedic have been awarded for their service to their public.
Senior Sergeant Brett Smith and his wife Lisa were given the Commissioner's Certificate Operational for their efforts following Cyclone Debbie.
The couple were stationed at Home Hill when the cyclone made land fall near Proserpine, the Whitsundays, Collinsville and Bowen.
It ruined homes, businesses and farms across the region.
The Smiths went to businesses and homes in their own town seeking donations of groceries and other essential items which they distributed to survivors of the cyclone.
They did this on their own time and at their own expense.
Senior Constable Damien Corsan and Constable Tyler Roberts were award for a valiant effort to save a life.
In summer they were called to an attempted suicide.
Snr Sgt Smith said the men worked against great odds.
"They performed a prolonged CPR on a person who had attempted suicide,” Snr Sgt Smith said.
"In trying weather conditions, in excess of 45 minutes out in the hot sun on a Sunday they were doing CPR in front of distressed family members.
"Unfortunately, they were not successful but they made a good attempt at saving a man's life.”
The pair received the District Officer's Certificate from the South West Police District Inspector.
Snr Sgt Smith said Snr Const Dorsan and Const Roberts brought honour to the full team at the Nanango station.
"I'm very proud of what they did, they enhanced the professionalism of the Nanango Police through their actions in going above and beyond their day to day duties,” he said.
"I'm very happy to have them as my staff and very happy to have them as co-workers.”
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