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Governor-General to present 21 NSW police officers with bravery awards

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 12:25:26 AM

A police woman who was one of the first on scene at an alleged bomb hoax on Sydney’s lower north shore six years ago is among 21 NSW police officers named in today’s Australian Bravery Decorations.

Senior Constable Karen Lowden will receive a Star of Courage for her conspicuous bravery in providing support to an 18-year-old woman who had a suspicious device attached to her neck at a home in Mosman on 3 August 2011.

The brave actions of 13 officers and one former officer also involved in the incident have also been acknowledged.

Six police who attended an armed offender incident and shooting at Nepean Hospital on 12 January 2016 will be awarded with a Group Bravery Citation, with two officers – Sergeant Luke Warburton and Senior Constable Timothy Duffy – also receiving a Bravery Award.

Meanwhile, a Group Bravery Citation will also be awarded to two officers who assisted men caught in floodwater near Lismore on 4 June 2016.

Governor-General, His Excellency Sir Peter Cosgrove, announced the awards today (Wednesday 13 September 2017), recognising acts of bravery of those who put their own lives in jeopardy to protect others.

NSW Police Force Commissioner Mick Fuller APM said the officers each faced extraordinary circumstances but never hesitated in the execution of their duties.

“These awards recognise the selfless and courageous actions of those who were simply doing their jobs,” Commissioner Fuller said.

“It is an extraordinary act to put the safety and security of others before your own but each of the officers recognised today did just that, and without hesitation.

“They should be proud to be recognised with such a prestigious honour for their bravery and I congratulate them on their awards,” Commissioner Fuller said.

The officers to receive awards for their efforts during the Mosman bomb hoax include:

Senior Constable Karen Lowden – Star of Courage and Group Bravery Citation

Detective Senior Constable Gregory Camilleri – Bravery Medal and Group Bravery Citation

Detective Senior Sergeant Mary Crumlin – Bravery Medal and Group Bravery Citation

Senior Constable Natalie South – Bravery Medal and Group Bravery Citation

Sergeant Elise Teeling – Bravery Medal and Group Bravery Citation

Senior Constable Aaron Gaskell – Bravery Medal and Group Bravery Citation

Chief Inspector Mark Smith – Bravery Medal and Group Bravery Citation

Senior Constable Luke Bakey – Group Bravery Citation

Senior Constable Luke Buxton – Group Bravery Citation

Leading Senior Constable Brett Ferrari – Group Bravery Citation

Detective Sergeant Gary Lowe – Group Bravery Citation

Senior Constable Mark Reynolds – Group Bravery Citation

Inspector Paul Smith – Group Bravery Citation

Senior Constable Mark Woodroffe – Group Bravery Citation

The recipients of awards for their efforts during the shooting at Penrith include:

Sergeant Luke Warburton – Bravery Medal and Group Bravery Citation

Senior Constable Timothy Duffy – Bravery Medal and Group Bravery Citation

Sergeant Troy Handley – Group Bravery Citation

Constable Lisa Myers – Group Bravery Citation

Constable Graham Shearley – Group Bravery Citation

Senior Constable Michelle Watt – Group Bravery Citation

Senior Constable John Stirling and Leading Senior Constable Amanda Vidler are recipients of the Group Bravery Citation for their involvement in assisting two men caught in floodwater near Lismore on 4 June 2016.

The officers will attend a ceremony in the coming months to receive the insignia of their awards.