December 10, 2005

Positivity: An Award for Bravery, 32 Years Later

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:11 am

From Australia:

Rescue of policeman earns bravery award 32 years on
Friday, 9 December 2005. 10:30 (AEDT)

A 72-year-old man from Shepparton, in north-east Victoria, will be rewarded for his bravery today, 32 years after he saved a policeman’s life.

It has taken police more than three decades to get in touch with Donald Whyte, who offered his help in a house arrest in Rushworth 1973.

A child inside the house called for his help and he entered to assist the officer on duty, receiving a shot in the shoulder and another in the arm.

Mr Whyte says he would do it all again.

“I suppose I am pretty lucky to be alive and it hasn’t sort of worried me any more, you know I would do the right thing again – I think it’s part of human life to go and do that to help someone,” he said.

He says he is delighted to receive the Citizen’s Commendation.

“I’m very thrilled about it, I never thought much about it until the last month I suppose and now it’s sort of getting to an exciting time. Even my kids … and my grand kids, they’ll be really thrilled about it I should think,” he said.

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