There are many accounts of Navy personnel showing bravery in dangerous situations at sea, but, for one clearance diver, heroism on land has earned him a special commendation from the New South Wales Police.
Warrant Officer Christopher Wright was walking past a house in Balgowlah in Sydney’s north on April 17 with his five-year-old son Brody when a smoke alarm alerted him to a house fire.
He acted immediately and entered the burning house to find 90-year-old Pat Andrews, who he carried outside to safety.
Then he went back inside, armed with a garden hose, and checked for more occupants.
He was able to douse most of the flames, except for a burning toaster, as firefighters and police arrived.
His courage and quick thinking earned Warrant Officer Wright a New South Wales Police Area Commander’s Commendation.
Pat Andrews told local media that she would probably have died if it wasn’t for the Navy diver who plucked her from her weatherboard house.
Warrant Officer Wright, who has served as a bomb disposal technician in Afghanistan, said he appreciated the recognition.
“It was a great honour to receive the commendation from the police, who put themselves in harm’s way every day to save people in trouble,” he said.
He prevented a lot of grief by saving Mrs Andrews, who has six children, 20 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.