Hannah Reardon-Smith and her mother Kathryn owe their lives to the brave efforts of Toowoomba firefighter Peter McCarron. He struggled against raging waters on Dent St to bring them to safety during January’s floods.
Hannah Reardon-Smith and her mother Kathryn owe their lives to the brave efforts of Toowoomba firefighter Peter McCarron. He struggled against raging waters on Dent St to bring them to safety during January’s floods. Nev Madsen

'Hero' was just doing his job

TOOWOOMBA firefighter Peter McCarron is dismissive of being called a flood hero despite his now-famous rescue of two women trapped on a car during Toowoomba's floods.

"I was doing my job," he said.

"My family is proud of me - they'll be there for the awards ceremony."

Mr McCarron will receive a silver medal for his bravery in Brisbane today.

On January 10, he responded to reports of two women trapped on a vehicle in fast-flowing water in the middle of Toowoomba.

The water was increasing in volume and intensity.

The older woman had already fallen from the vehicle and was clinging to a rope that had been thrown to her by bystanders.

While Mr McCarron made a plan, another vehicle floated down stream and collided with the car.

Mr McCarron jumped into the water and fought to secure the two women against the fierce current.

After arriving at the half-submerged car, Mr McCarron faced a life-threatening situation of his own.

A wall of water swept him and the younger woman away.

The two became separated and Mr McCarron lost visual contact with her as they were swept away.

Mr McCarron was then caught in a current he described as being like a "washing machine".

Both women were eventually washed to an area of safety.

McCarron continued to search the area for some time before being advised they had been found.



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