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Bravery awards for Marysville fire

Published 20/02/2012

Josephine Hunter, Deputy Controller - Marysville SES Unit

Five SES volunteers from Healesville and Marysville were honoured with bravery awards from the Royal Humane Society of Australasia in Melbourne on Friday, 17 February 2012.

Medal recipients include:

  • David Barton, volunteer – Healesville SES Unit
  • Jennifer Barton, volunteer – Healesville SES Unit
  • Ian Bates, Controller – Marysville SES Unit
  • Josephine Hunter, Deputy Controller – Marysville SES Unit
  • Keith Ray, volunteer – Marysville SES Unit

A total of nine SES volunteers were among 90 award recipients recognised for acts of courage in helping fellow citizens.

Marysville rescue – February 2009 fires

At about 5.45pm Ms Hunter was advised that a tree had fallen on a car in Lyell Street. On arriving on the scene with Ms Barton and Messrs Ray, Bates, Barton and Walters they manually extracted a trapped woman from her car by sliding her out the back door. The Marysville ambulance then took the patient to Alexandra.

By 6.15pm the sky at Marysville turned very dark and most of the SES crews were sent home Ms Hunter, Ms Barton, Messrs Ray, Bates and Barton decided to finish up the evacuation as quickly as possible as they were sure that Marysville was under direct threat. They rescued a badly burnt woman and Ms Barton transported her by private car to the Alexandra Hospital.

At 6.30pm Ms Hunter, Messrs Ray, Bates and Barton were involved in organising a convoy of people from Marysville to leave and drive towards Alexandra as it was decided it was too dangerous to stay in Marysville any longer.

When they reached the Marysville Golf Club they told all those sheltering there to join the convoy.

On the way to Buxton they stopped at a farm where about 20 people had gathered thinking it was safe to stay. They asked the people to evacuate as well as driving through the streets of Buxton with their lights and sirens to warn people to evacuate.

For more information about the ceremony and other award recipients, please visit www.rhsa.org.au.