City staff members receive Royal Life Saving Society WA Bravery Awards

04 October 2018

Some of the City of Stirling’s bravest staff members have been recognised at the 2018 Royal Life Saving Society WA Bravery Awards.

They were awarded at an official ceremony yesterday morning for performing outstanding acts of bravery and taking extraordinary actions to save another person’s life.

Scarborough Beach Pool Lifeguards Harley Carey and Kendall Walter were recognised for saving the life of a swimmer after he collapsed and stopped breathing during a swimming session at the pool.

Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre Lifeguard Tanika Buscombe was awarded for providing CPR to a man who was found unconscious at the Wordsworth Reserve in Yokine, opposite the facility.

Nathan Miller, who works at Leisurepark Balga Aquatic Centre, was recognised for training a by-stander to give CPR to a man who fell unconscious at a local shopping centre.

And Leisurepark Balga Aquatic Centre Lifeguard Raphael Gabriel was awarded for spotting and rescuing three young children struggling in deep water in the centre’s pool.  

City of Stirling Mayor, who attended the award ceremony, said he was impressed with the staff members’ quick thinking and initiative.

“I am very proud of all of the award recipients not just for their actions, but their ability to act quickly and remain calm in an emergency,” Mayor Irwin said.

“They have been faced with a range of challenging and confronting scenes over the last twelve months so it is great to see them officially recognised at this level and they should all be very proud that they have played a part in saving someone’s life.”

City of Stirling’s Service Lead – Aquatic Services Karl Mallet said it was great to see staff member’s hard work and training pay off.

“These incidents are a timely reminder of the challenging environments the staff at the City’s aquatic facilities work in and the dedicated, responsiveness and professionalism shown by all of the recipients at the most confronting of times is a real credit to the individuals and the broader teams.”

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