The Royal Humane Society of Australasia

THE ROYAL HUMANE SOCIETY OF AUSTRALASIA BRAVERY AWARDS PRESENTATION

on Friday 1 May 2015
at Government House, Adelaide
at 10.30am

His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia, will present two South Australians with The Royal Humane Society of Australasia bravery awards:

on Friday 1 May 2015

at Government House, Adelaide
at 10.30am

The Silver Medal and Certificate of Merit recognize:

  • The rescue of a woman from being attacked by an assailant at Athol Park on 12 July 2013.
  • The rescue of a man from drowning at Depledge Beach on 9 February 2012

Details of the rescue are attached.

Contact: Sue Cutler (Secretary) 0400 441 467
Or visit our Web Site: www.rhsa.org.au (See “Press Releases”)

Note: The Royal Humane Society of Australasia, formed in 1874, is concerned with giving public recognition to acts of bravery by making awards to those who risk their own lives to save the lives of others.

Over 8,290 awards have been made in the Society’s 140 years’ history.

ROYAL HUMANE SOCIETY OF AUSTRALASIA
CITATIONS FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIAN RECIPIENTS

SILVER MEDAL

CHRISTOPHER JAMES LOFDAHL, of Athol Park, SA, in going to the rescue of a woman from being attacked by an assailant at Athol Park on 12 July 2013.

At 10.15pm Mr Lofdahl heard screaming and cries for help. Mr Lofdahl saw a woman being chased by a man and he immediately went out into the street to investigate.

He saw the woman and a man fighting and told them both to let go of one another. The woman released her grip on the man and Mr Lofdahl saw the man had a knife with a blade which was 20-30cm in length.

Mr Lofdahl immediately stood in front of the woman and told the man to go away. The man took a step forward towards Mr Lofdahl and the woman and with his left hand holding the knife moved his arm in a forward motion with the arm moving left to right across his body in a swinging fashion. The blade of the knife was pointed towards Mr Lofdahl and in the direction of his neck. Again Mr Lofdahl told the man to go away.

Mr Lofdahl stepped backwards and saw the man pick up a mobile phone off the ground and walk away on an access road towards a car which was parked in a nearby car park.

Meanwhile Mr Lofdahl’s wife arrived at the scene and called 000 and handed the phone to Mr Lofdahl to give details of the incident to the police. As Mr Lofdahl was doing this the assailant reversed his car towards Mr Lofdahl and the woman who was now sitting on the ground. Mr Lofdahl picked up the woman and moved her quickly between two parked cars. The assailant then drove off.

Mr and Mrs Lofdahl then looked after the woman until the police arrived. She had stab wounds to her stomach, a large gash on the back of her head and numerous cuts on her hands.


CERTIFICATE OF MERIT

DANIEL JOSHUA IRVINE, of Victor Harbor, SA, in going to the rescue of a man from drowning at Depledge Beach, SA on 9 February 2012.

At 3.50pm Mr Irvine was alerted by onlookers that a man was caught in a severe rip. When a gap appeared in the waves Mr Irvine motored over to the man in his boat and he hooked his arms under the drowning man’s armpits and hauled him out of the water and onto his boat.

Mr Irvine quickly motored back into calmer water and commenced CPR on the man. Another person from Sea Rescue then jumped onboard his boat and started CPR on the man whilst Mr Irvine drove the boat back to the boat ramp.

Mr Irvine continued to perform CPR on the drowning man until paramedics arrived but sadly the man was not able to be resuscitated.