HEROES: Mayor Keith Campbell with bravery award recipients Fiona Simpson, Lex Petersen and Zachary Hairon and councillor Kathy Duff.
HEROES: Mayor Keith Campbell with bravery award recipients Fiona Simpson, Lex Petersen and Zachary Hairon and councillor Kathy Duff. Jessica McGrath

Our everyday heroes honoured for their sacrifices

BEING brave can come at a cost, and Lex Petersen along with three of South Burnett's other 'ordinary heroes' were recognised for their sacrifices this year.

"Every now and again it comes up and hits you in the face, the two babies that I couldn't save, that's the part that hurts me the most," Mr Petersen said.

The 79-year-old hero, along with Zachary Hairon and Patrick Drinan, helped save Zach Fisher from a Kingaroy St house fire.

The fire claimed the lives of three members of Zach's family on Saturday, March 24 this year.

The men were passing by when they saw the house on fire and smashed their way in house to rescue the boy from one of the rooms.

Mr Petersen regularly meets up with the young boy he saved as well as his mother, Sarah Bond.

Kingaroy Senior Sergeant David Tierney said if the three men did not stop and help, it could have been a different outcome.

"By the time my guys got there, the house was well and truly engulfed, and Zach was already out," he said.

Mr Petersen, Mr Hairon, Mr Drinan, and Fiona Simpson were awarded South Burnett Bravery Awards by South Burnett Regional Council Mayor Keith Campbell on Wednesday December 12.

"We are proud that we have these types of people living in our community, people who are willing to put their own lives on the line," Cr Campbell said.

"As much as I enjoy doing this, I hope we don't have a situation to reward anyone with bravery in the next 12 months, because the certificate is preceded by some type of disaster.

 

"You choose to do something, bravery is not a competition in any sense of the word, bravery is something you act on instantaneously."

 

BRAVE: Kingaroy Senior Sergeant David Tierney thanks bravery award recipients Fiona Simpson, Lex Petersen and Zachary Hairon for the sacrifices.
BRAVE: Kingaroy Senior Sergeant David Tierney thanks bravery award recipients Fiona Simpson, Lex Petersen and Zachary Hairon for the sacrifices. Jessica McGrath

Mrs Simpson was awarded for protecting her baby from danger.

She was driving along the D'Aguilar Highway when she was caught in the severe storms in Coolabunia on October 11.

She made the instinctive decision to put her body on the line and shield her baby from the tennis ball-sized hail stones which smashed the car windows.

"You'll say it's just what a mother does, but unfortunately in today's society, that's not something people can just assume a mother would do," Snr Sgt Tierney said.

Snr Sgt Tierney thanked the award recipients for their efforts.

"Nobody goes out to be a hero, you just do what you need to do," Snr Sgt Tierney said.

Mr Petersen was also awarded the Queensland Pride of Australia award in Brisbane on December 7.

Mr Drinan was unable to attend the awards ceremony.

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