Brave men rewarded
Brave men rewarded Frances Klein

Brave men rewarded

TWO Gympie men joined a select group of 84 Australians announced as national bravery award recipients yesterday.

David Phillips and Neil Wildman were recognised for their heroic actions in apprehending an armed youth who stabbed and killed a 15-year-old in the downstairs car park of Gympie Goldfields shopping centre almost two years ago.

On the morning of November 27, 2009, after seeing the offender chase down and repeatedly stab the teen with a bayonet, Gympie business owner, Mr Phillips followed them into the carpark and overcame the youth. Mr Wildman, who was nearby, came to the aid of Mr Phillips, and both men restrained the offender until police arrived. Mr Phillips suffered stab wounds to the back.

Mr Phillips is awarded a bravery medal, and Mr Wildman, a commendation for brave conduct.

Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, approved the awards that recognise people who place other's safety before their own.

"We are privileged to have such role models in our society, and it is an honour to recognise their acts of selfless bravery," Ms Bryce said.

On announcement of the award, Mr Phillips said the pride he felt was not for himself as he acknowledged Mr Wildman's actions.

"I feel pride in knowing that people help when the chips are down.

"Neil did so much; he put himself in harm's way, diverted him at the crucial time and saved my life."

Mr Phillips was touched by community support after the incident.

"The real pride you feel is the pride in the people that ask how you are feeling."

Gympie Times

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