THE selfless actions of a Toowoomba teenager have been recognised with a bravery medal more than four years after he perished in a flood disaster.
Jordan Rice did not survive being washed from the roof of his family's car at the intersection of James and Kitchener Sts on January 10, 2011.
The 13-year-old was stranded with his mother Donna and younger brother Blake after their car stalled in rising floodwater.
Two men entered the fast flowing water to provide assistance. However, given the strong current, both encountered difficulties.
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Only one of the men reached the vehicle and had to be helped by the family in doing so.
Showing great selflessness and presence of mind, Jordan put his brother first which enabled the man to safely extract Blake from the vehicle.
With the help of the second man, he was able to take Blake to safety.
In hazardous conditions, Donna and Jordan exited the vehicle.
As it began to move in the current, they managed to grab hold of a light pole.
However, the current was too strong and they were swept away.
Donna and Jordan's bodies were recovered later that afternoon.
Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove has approved two separate bravery awards for the family members.
Jordan's selfless actions have been recognised with a Bravery Medal while he, his mother and his brother have also been awarded a Group Bravery Citation.
"Sadly, there are those whose brave acts mean they are no longer with us," he said.
"Today, to their families, I express the nation's sadness at your loss but pride in your loved one's actions."