Brave teen hon­oured

Townsville Bulletin - - Front Page - by Liam But­ter­worth

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.

Photo: SUZANNE LOWE

QUICK AC­TION: The Gov­er­nor-Gen­eral has com­mended Zac Elvy, 15, for his brave ac­tions in sav­ing an el­derly woman

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