Flood bravery honoured
Published: 25 January 2018
A Logan SES Controller has received the highest bravery award issued by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service Commissioner.
Logan SES Controller Jim Ferguson has been honoured for his part in the brave rescue of a family during last year’s Logan and Albert River flood.
Jim, along with SES volunteers Chris Holloway and Claire Browning, plucked the Gallo Family of Luscombe off the roof of their house in total darkness, minutes before it was swept away by flood waters.
The Disaster Management officer at Logan City Council received the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) Commissioner’s Medal for Valour at the QFES Australia Day Achievement Awards ceremony held at the Beenleigh Events Centre today.
“It’s an honour to receive such an award for simply doing my job as a rescuer,” Mr Ferguson said.
“I’d also like to acknowledge my SES colleagues Chris and Claire whose teamwork and bravery on that night helped us save the Gallo family.”
Mr Holloway and Ms Browning received the Commissioner’s Commendation for Bravery.
In further recognition of their tremendous service to the community, last year Governor Paul De Jersey presented the trio with the City of Logan’s Golden Banksia Award.
City of Logan Mayor Luke Smith congratulated Jim and his SES colleagues for their work during the flood emergency.
“Jim has been a valued member of our Disaster Management team for many years and his experience during the flood emergency was invaluable,” Mayor Smith said.
“Jim and his colleagues undoubtedly saved many lives and kept people safe during the floods and for that our city is deeply grateful.”