Police reward acts of bravery
NOTHING could prepare Adrian Williams for the scene he faced at Tinana on May 2, 2007.
As he walked into a store he was confronted with a man holding a knife to the throat of a young shop assistant.
“I was stunned,” he said.
“I was just going there to get some lunch.”
Mr Williams went for help but returned to the shop to try to calm the offender, who ended up stabbing the shop assistant in the neck and taking several others hostage.
His actions during the incident were acknowledged by the Queensland Police Service yesterday when he was presented with a Commissioner's Certificate of Appreciation.
Three other members of the public – Darren Simpson, Mark Steffen and Darren Evans – were also presented with the award.
The events that unfolded are still clear in Mr Williams' mind, as they are in the minds of the police officers who attended the scene.
When Senior Constable Marc Rodgers was called to the job he didn't know what to expect.
“We had limited information and just responded to the information we had,” he said.
“The incident was dynamic in nature.”
Snr Const. Rodgers' response to the situation and his decision to use his weapon was a result of “training and instinct”.
He had no choice but to shoot – the offender died at the scene.
Snr Const. Rodgers was awarded the Commissioner's Commendation for Bravery for his actions that day. His colleague Constable Nicola Davies was awarded the Commissioner's Certificate for Notable Action.
More than 20 other QPS employees were also commended for their service and loyalty to the police force.
The awards ceremony was held at Maryborough's City Hall and was followed by a morning tea.