Brave teen honoured
AITKENVALE teenager Zac Elvy doesn’t consider himself a particularly brave or heroic person.
But his actions in February last year, when he came to the aid of an elderly woman being attacked by a dog, resulted in a Commendation for Brave Conduct from Governor -General Quentin Bryce.
Zac, 15, was sitting on his veranda playing guitar when he heard a neighbour yell out t o his german shepherd to stop. He looked out across the road and saw an elderly woman under att ack while walking her small dog.
She was screaming for help, so the teenager ran out and grabbed the german shepherd by the collar and pulled it away.
‘‘ It was trying to pull back and get at the dog again, so I held it until the owners raced down with a leash,’’ Zac said.
The William Ross High School student said at one stage the small dog was in its attacker’s mouth.
He said the elderly lady tried to protect her pet by taking it into her arms, but this just resulted in her being bitten and scratched.
Zac’s grandmother Kaye wrapped the woman’s arms in some bandages and took her to the vet to have here dog looked at. Unfortunately it later died.
His nomination for the bravery award came unexpectedly earlier this month when he found out by letter that the GovernorGeneral would be considering his case.
But he has been forced to stay silent to friends and family until today.
‘‘ I’ve just been wanting to tell people,’’ he said.
Kaye Elvy said both she and her husband Ray, and Zac, were all ‘‘ chuffed’’ he would be receiving the ribbon.
‘‘ He still doesn’t think it was too much of a big deal,’’ she said.
‘ ‘ When something l i ke that happens, you are prepared to do what it takes.’’
She said they had raised Zac to always treat people like they would like to be t reated t hemselves, and hoped that someone would come to their aid if they were in trouble.
‘‘ He is proud, but doesn’t think it’s the be-all and endall,’’ she said.
The teenager, who enjoys playing the guitar and riding motorbikes, said he wouldn’t think twice of acting again.
‘‘ It was instinct to help out,’’ he said.
Zac joins dozens of people from across Australia, including police officers and emergency service workers, to receive bravery awards from the Governor-General.
QUICK ACTION: The Governor-General has commended Zac Elvy, 15, for his brave actions in saving an elderly woman