Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Six Acts of Bravery in Our Community

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Six Acts of Bravery in Our Community

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Byline: Andrew Backhouse

WHEN the moment arises we're a brave lot in Toowoomba.

From a child alerting authorities to a house fire to motorists pulling people from car wrecks, these are the people who saw something and acted.

During the drama of the January floods in 2011 there were numerous heroic acts.

Here are six times we were courageous.

1. Toddler saves family from burning house

MIA Wessling acted with composure well beyond her years when her house caught fire in March last year.

Her mother Shannon was sleeping when she was "nearly knocked out of bed" by her child who was adamant there was a problem; and she was right.

The fire department was called and soon extinguished the fire.

Ms Wessling paid tribute to her daughter saying: "If it wasn't for this little girl I don't know what would have happened."

2. Bus driver saves the day

IT WAS an horrific crash on the Warrego Hwy between Oakey and Toowoomba. Sadly a man died.

But the actions of Murray's Coaches driver Chris Tierney saved many lives on December 24 last year.

Toowoomba Forensic Crash Unit Senior Constable Jon Reid said without the skill of the driver to safely direct the bus onto the side of the highway, the circumstances could have been life-threatening to the 18 passengers on-board.

"The driver's side of the bus was almost completely destroyed. With little to no steering available from the accident, he would have had a hell of a job keeping the bus upright," he said.

3. Dispatcher helps save a life

EVERY day they do their job quietly and without fanfare. And some days they become heroes.

January 21 was such a day when Queensland Ambulance emergency medical dispatcher Dea Carroll helped guide Lorraine Sorensen to give 20 minutes of CPR to her husband Brian.

It was the first emergency of the day for Mrs Carroll and after calming Mrs Sorensen she managed to guide her through CPR after Mrs Sorensen moved her husband to the floor for effective compressions. …

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