Peter Tully of Craig's Removals received a bravery award. Photo Peter Holt / Daily Mercury
Peter Tully of Craig's Removals received a bravery award. Photo Peter Holt / Daily Mercury Peter Holt

Meet the hero who rescued people from floods

PETER Tully didn't even blink when police asked him to put himself in harm's way to help rescue several people trapped in Gin Gin because of flash-flooding.

The Bakers Creek man, along with Senior Constable Daniel Paul Lukan and Senior Constable David Randall Rofe, will receive a Group Bravery Citation today for their efforts on the night of January 26 last year.

Mr Tully was asleep in the cab of his truck when there was a knock on the window at 11.30pm.

It was the police, asking him to help rescue a group of people stranded at a rest area after their vehicles had been swept away.

"It was 11.30 at night and I heard a bang-bang on my door and I was just happy to help," he said.

The group was in immediate danger from the rapidly flowing floodwaters surrounding them.

"They (the police) came and asked me to use my truck ... to drive down into the floodwaters at Gin Gin, to get these people out of the rest area because all the water had trapped them," Mr Tully said.

The very much understated truck driver clearly did not see what all the fuss was about but did admit he felt good about himself after helping out.

Mr Tully said something like this certainly did not happen every day.

During the chaos Mr Tully reversed his truck towards the trapped group while the two police officers pulled those stranded on board.

He said he never felt in any danger and did not think twice about assisting to save the four people.

Mr Tully said special thanks had to go to Craig's Removals, as it was the company's truck which had been severely damaged during the incident.

Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove offered his warmest congratulations and admiration for everyone who was recognised for their bravery.

"We are fortunate as a community and as a nation to benefit from your contribution, and it is fitting that you have been recognised by the Australian honours system," he said.

"You now join the company of men and women whose actions have enriched our community and whose values we hold dear."

Since its inception 38 years ago, the Australian Bravery Decorations have recognised Australian citizens and others for acts of bravery.

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