Bravery award for Fijian employee of Australian High Commission
Alocal staff member of the Australian High Commission in Fiji has received a Commendation for Brave Conduct from Australia’s Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove. On April 28, 2015, Edward Reece rescued a colleague from an electrical fire at the High Commission’s office in Tamavua, Suva. Mr Reece has been employed at the High Commission for 13 years. As the fire alarm sounded and staff began to evacuate the building, Mr Reece heard the cry of a staff member who was in close proximity to the electric panel and was unable to evacuate. Mr Reece ran to her aid and helped her to safety as the building became engulfed in smoke. Australian High Commissioner, Margaret Twomey, nominated Mr Reece for the Commendation award yesterday which was celebrated at a ceremony attended by the High Commission staff. “I congratulate Ed on his award and I know I speak on behalf of all his colleagues, here at the High Commission in saying how proud we are of him,” said Ms Twomey.
Still processing the news of his award, Mr Reece was thankful to have been able to assist a colleague.
“I feel privileged that I was able to help a fellow colleague and this award is an encouragement to us all in helping each other, in a time of need – whether it is family, friends or work-related,” Mr Reece said. Source: Australian High Commission