Brave Steve wins award:

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DANNI SHAFIK danielle.shafik@news.com.au

A TOWNSVILLE man’s act of courage – res­cu­ing a dis­abled man from a burn­ing build­ing in 2015 – has been recog­nised with a Bronze Medal at the Royal Hu­mane So­ci­ety of Aus­trala­sia’s an­nual brav­ery awards.

Steven Mor­ris was among 40 Queens­lan­ders recog­nised for feats of brav­ery at a spe­cial event in Bris­bane on Fri­day.

On the morn­ing of Au­gust 24, 2015, Mr Mor­ris ran into a burn­ing mul­ti­storey home at The Point, on Cas­tle Hill, three times to res­cue the man.

Mr Mor­ris, who was joined in Bris­bane by wife Sharon and sons Co­han, 11, and Ri­ley, 9, to ac­cept the award, said he did not take praise well but felt hon­oured to re­ceive the medal.

“I know what I’ve done and that’s the main thing,” he said. “I was happy to get ( the medal) posted, but I wanted my boys to see me re­ceive it.”

The award was pre­sented by Bris­bane Mayor Gra­ham Quirk. Just a few civil­ians were among those hon­oured, with re­cip­i­ents in­clud­ing po­lice of­fi­cers and fire­men who had demon­strated acts of brav­ery while on duty.

On the morn­ing of the fire ini 2015, Mr Mor­ris saw smoke bil­low­ingb from a Cas­tle Hill home and he im­me­di­ately ran to­wards it.

He pushed a gar­den hose t through a win­dow and at­tempted to ex­tin­guish the fire be­fore en­ter­ing the build­ing and search­ing for oc­cu­pants.

The trades­man quickly be­came breath­less due to the thick smoke and was forced to leave the prop­erty be­fore go­ing in and re­treat­ing again.

As he was about to en­ter for a third time, the home’s owner ap­peared in the drive­way and told him that her phys­i­cally dis­abled son was in­side and would be un­able to es­cape by him­self. Mr Mor­ris and the woman then made their way to the up­per level of the prop­erty and found the young man.

Mr Mor­ris grabbed the young man and car­ried him down­stairs and out­side to safety as the woman fol­lowed.

Mr Mor­ris said he would like to think any­one else would have done the same thing and that his act was just “the Aussie way”.

He was also among the Aus­tralian Brav­ery Award win­ners in March this year, pre­sented with a Brav­ery Medal by Gover­nor- Gen­eral Sir Peter Cosgrove.

Pic­ture: FIONA HARD­ING

FAM­ILY PRIDE: Steve Mor­ris, with his Bronze Medal for brav­ery, and wife Sharon and sons Co­han, 11, and Ri­ley, 9.

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