Menu
News

Flood victim Jordan Rice receives bravery medal

Jordan Rice has been awarded a bravery medal for the fateful actions that saved his brother
Jordan Rice has been awarded a bravery medal for the fateful actions that saved his brother Bev Lacey

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.

RELATED STORIES

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.

MORE ON FLOOD HERO JORDAN RICE HERE

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."

Topics:  bravery medal editors picks jordan rice



If you grew up in Wolvi, you know who this is...

An Olympic Torch for the 2000 Sydney Olympics holds pride of place amongst other precious memories for this Wolvi local legend.

Check out how this Wolvi community pillar spent this milestone.

Bay Power earns first win of the season

FIRST WIN: Bay Power earned its first win of the AFL Wide Bay Womens season.

The Power won 4.4-28 - 2.1-13.

How to add to your family in the sweetest way possible

How could you possibly say 'no' to that face?  Meet Bounty and nine other Gympie RSPCA orphans looking for homes.

Check out these adorable orphans needing your love at Gympie RSPCA

Local Partners