Brave Ella praised for quick thinking
Published: 8 June 2016
A seven-year-old Greenbank girl who flagged down drivers to help pull her unconscious father from a car wreck has been recognised with a bravery award.
Ella Rawes was greeted with applause at the meeting of Logan City Council when she stepped forward to receive a certificate, balloon and teddy bear in appreciation of her actions.
Ella was a passenger in a car being driven by her father James Rawes that crashed into a tree in Bahrs Scrub on the evening of 3 May.
Initially trapped in the vehicle, Ella climbed over her unconscious father in the driver's seat and out of the driver's side window to flag down passing traffic to seek assistance.
City of Logan Mayor Luke Smith said Ella’s quick thinking to free herself from the car and seek help was a wonderful example of courage.
“I understand Mr Rawes had suffered quite extensive injuries and was unconscious so it is quite extraordinary for a girl of her age to show such composure in what must have been a very distressing situation,” Mayor Smith he said.
“Ella’s family came to the meeting to see her receive the award and you could see how proud of her they were.
“They will never forget her display of bravery and now that her story has been shared publicly I’m sure her classmates at Greenbank State School and the wider community will appreciate her bravery too.”