Six police recognised for bravery

Six NSW police officers, as well as two retired officers, have been recognised for their brave actions in today’s Australian Bravery decorations.

The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) will today award bravery decorations to 101 Australians who, without thought of personal risk, displayed courage and bravery to protect or defend others.

Four serving and one retired NSW Police officer are receiving a group bravery citation for restraining an armed man in Greenacre in 2001.

The officers attended a unit about 3am on Monday 19 February 2001, where they were confronted an aggressive man armed with a firearm.

The officers tackled and physically restrained the man at great risk to their personal safety.

The below serving officers and retired officer have been awarded a group bravery citation for their actions in this incident:

Sergeant Duncan Robert ABERNETHY BM,

Detective Senior Constable Stephen Wayne DODD,

Detective Chief Inspector Robert Andrew DUNCAN,

Sergeant Mark Haddon JOHNSTON,

Chief Inspector Sandy NADAZDY (Retired)

A further two serving and one retired NSW Police officer have been recognised for bravery for their role in the rescue of two people trapped in a blizzard at Kosciusko National Park.

The rescue took place in the early hours of Monday 2 August 2010, with the officers, together with a team of others, braving the extreme weather conditions to assist in the rescue near Blue Lake.

The below serving officers and retired officer have been awarded a group bravery citation for their actions in this incident:

Senior Constable Wayne Gregory BOLITHO,

Senior Constable Michael Darren HARTAS,

Senior Constable Kevin MARTIN (Retired)

NSW Police Commissioner, Mick Fuller APM, said the officers represent the best of the NSW Police Force and their actions reflect the dedication to duty shared by all members of the organisation.

“I’m immensely proud of the actions of these officers, who put the safety and wellbeing of others ahead of their own”.

“They have truly lived up to their oath of office and are a credit to the organisation,” Commissioner Fuller said.

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