The Royal Humane Society of Australasia


on Wednesday 18 February 2015 at 2.00pm
at The Melbourne Town Hall Cnr Collins & Swanston Streets

The Clarke Medal, awarded annually by The Royal Humane Society of Australasia to recognise the most outstanding act of bravery will be presented by His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia to:

Mr Andrew Capper

who went to the rescue of a boy from a burning house at Airly, Vic, on 15 May 2012.

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ANDREW CAPPER, aged 40 years, of Sale, in going to the rescue of a boy from a burning house at Airly, Vic, on 15 May 2012.

At 9.50pm Mr Capper and Ms Nuttall heard the sound of glass breaking and Mr Capper jumped out of bed and went into the hallway and yelled “Fire, Fire”. Ms Nuttall ran into the hallway and went to her daughter’s bedroom and helped her to escape the fire via the front door.

Both Mr Capper and Ms Nuttall tried to get through the hallway doors to Ms Nuttall’s son’s bedroom but were unable to due to the thick black smoke and intense heat.

They both ran out the front door and Ms Nuttall ran around the verandah to an external door of her son’s bedroom and smashed the door down with her hands and smashed the glass panels and tore the rotten wood away. Ms Nuttall pulled the curtain back and a thick black cloud of smoke choked her.

Mr Capper and Ms Nuttall were then alerted by other family members that they thought the boy was in the back extension of the house. Mr Capper went into the burning house via the back door and located the boy lying on the floor unconscious approximately 4-5m from the back door. Ms Nuttall ran in behind Mr Capper and through the thick smoke helped to drag him outside.

The young boy was transferred to the Royal Children’s Hospital where he spent three months and was left with severe injuries. Mr Capper suffered burns to his head and hands and Ms Nuttall some burns and cuts to her hands and feet from the broken glass.

Please note that Ms Nuttall received her award at a separate ceremony of Victorian recipients on 28 November 2014 at Government House, Melbourne where His Excellency The Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC presented Ms Nuttall with her award.

Ms Katrina NuttallBronze Medal