Life-saving actions earn bravery awards


Efforts by two Oamaru men to save a Waikouaiti couple trapped in a crashed and burning car near Oamaru in 2008, have been recognised with a presentation of bravery medals.

Oamaru fire officer Brett Delamere received a Royal Humane Society of New Zealand Silver Medal and Waitaki rural fire officer Eric Spittal received a Bronze Medal from Governor-General Lieutenant General Sir Jerry Mateparae in a ceremony on Friday at Government House.

Both men were nominated for the awards by former Oamaru police officer Sergeant Tony Woodbridge.

The pair risked their lives to rescue two people trapped after their vehicle crashed into a power pole on State Highway One, near Richmond, just north of Oamaru on October 6, 2008.


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