Each year Royal Life Saving WA’s Bravery Awards acknowledge dozens of Western Australians who have saved the lives of others, sometimes while risking their own life. Nominations for this year’s awards are currently open ahead of the annual awards event which will be held in mid-October.
The Bravery Awards are designed to recognise and acknowledge the efforts of people in the community who have taken extraordinary action to save, or attempt to save, another person’s life. Previous recipients have included both children and adults, who have performed acts of bravery including in-water rescues, providing CPR or first aid or otherwise put-ting themselves in harm’s way to assist another person.
Royal Life Saving WA CEO Peter Leaversuch said the awards are an important way to encourage community members to learn lifesaving skills. “Our annual Bravery Awards are an opportunity to showcase the efforts of members of our community who have displayed exceptional courage, empathy and initiative by applying lifesaving skills in emergency situations,” he said.
“The Awards are a reminder of how vitally important it is to learn how to respond in an emergency.” One of the recipients in 2019 was the Riverton Leisureplex staff, who received a Bravery Awards for their actions in reviving a pa-tron who suffered a heart attack in the 50m pool last year. Individuals can be nominated for brave acts that occur in any environment and those who have demonstrated use of qualifications such as resuscitation awards, senior first aid, bronze medallion or pool life-guard.
Nominations can be made by anyone who has information about the incident simply by completing our online form here . Nominations close on Au-gust 31
Royal Life Saving member Colin Hassel, lifeguard Kevin Ho, Leader of Leisure Michael Gosatti, Governor of Western Australia Kim Beazley, lifeguard Joseph Baeg and pool operator Patrick Allin.
Credit to the Canning Examiner, Perth