Kilkivan police officer awarded for flood rescue bravery

A KILKIVAN police officer has been honoured with a Queensland Bravery Award after rescuing two people from raging floodwaters in the January 2011 floods.

Senior Constable Daven Richards and a colleague responded to two people trapped in a bus stranded in rising water at Widgee Creek, south-west of Tiaro, on January 7, 2011.

The police officer swam into the water in darkness, before realising the current was too strong for him to rescue the people safely other than by boat.

Snr Const Richards then swam back against the current and got the help of a State Emergency Service boat, which brought the two stranded people back to safety.

He was one of 32 people to receive bravery awards on Sunday.

Premier Campbell Newman praised the actions of each recipient.

"I don't think it's a stretch to call these people heroes and I'm extremely proud of all of them for what they have done," he said.

"To them, I say congratulations and thank you for what you have done."



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