A NEW resident at Dalmeny has been recognised with a national bravery award for his efforts in fighting a fire in Western Australia in 2011.
Steve Smith recently relocated to Dalmeny because his son Chris has moved his family from Sweden to town to lease Island Charters.
Mr Smith has since joined the Dalmeny Kianga Rural Fire Service brigade.
He recently received the news that he and the crew he was with at the fires at Roleystone in WA in 2011 were to receive a Group Bravery Award for their actions at that fire.
Bravery awards are handed out to Australians each year on September 1.
Awardees for this particular Group Bravery Award are several members from the Bedfordale Voluntary Bushfire Brigade, involved in fire-fighting operations in the Roleystone-Kelmscott area during bushfires in February 2011.
They are Michael Kenneth Hall, Alexander Bernard Leach, Michael Raymond Mccavanagh, Mark Anthony Puttick, Antonino Scidone and Stephen Edward Smith, now of Dalmeny.
The award notes state that on February 6, 2011, a group of men from the Bedfordale Voluntary Bushfire Brigade rescued a family of four, including one in a wheelchair, from a bushfire in Roleystone.
The crew were attempting to control the blaze on Keays Road when one of the men heard calls for help.
Two men from the unit ran approximately 250 metres through thick smoke and fire toward a place where the family of four was being threatened by a wall of flames.
The team leader stayed with the family, while a second member returned to retrieve the unit’s fire truck and the remaining crew.
In increasing heat and with the surrounding wall of flames now approximately 30 metres high, the crew repositioned their truck as a temporary fire break.
This enabled them sufficient time to load the elderly couple and other family members into the vehicle before evacuating them to safety and to the aid of an ambulance crew.
The local community newspaper in Armadale, WA recently reported at length on the award and what happened that fateful day, including comments from the rescued family thanking the firefighters.