Heroes hail by police
BILLY Quaid and Jeremy Brown’s story of tackling knife-wielding criminals in a canefield in aid of Mossman police has become a local legend.
On Tuesday the men were honoured during the Far North’s annual police awards ceremony, after being nominated by Mossman CIB Detective- Sergeant Trevor Perham.
Billy and Jeremy - along with Louis Bethal, Shaun Vidito and Daniel Hober - chased down the three youths who had been on a crime rampage in Mossman in January 2011.
Cairns residents Simone Riley, Shannon Hamers and Dylan Ralston, then aged between 18-21, had broken into six businesses along Front St, causing extensive damage.
Mossman Port Douglas Treelopping owner Billy said his sister’s store was one of those broken into so he put the word out to locals to give him a call if they noticed anyone suspicious.
Sure enough they located them in North Mossman and after police arrived at the scene, the three criminals ran into the canefields to escape.
Jeremy, who now works in Port Hedland, said they went to one side, while the police went the other.
‘‘I could smell perfume, the girl has just put all the perfume on they had stolen and we could see their tracks through the cane, we walked through and found them hiding,’’ he said.
‘‘ One fella ran and Bill chased him and I got the other fella who pulled out a knife and ran.
‘‘I caught up to him and he spun around with the knife, I grabbed his hand and got the knife and tackled him on the ground until Trevor came and arrested him.’’
Mr Brown said he was not scared but he ‘‘ probably should have been’’ and he would not hesitate again to help the community and the police.
HERO RECEPTION: Jeremy Brown with son Toby