Brave act of heroism

Modest Dave Phillips says he's no hero.
Modest Dave Phillips says he's no hero. Renee Pilcher

GYMPIE’S Dave Phillips would be the first to say he is just an ordinary bloke.

But he’s an ordinary bloke that we’re proud to say is a hero in our eyes.

This month Dave was nominated in the Outstanding Bravery category in the 2010 Pride of Australia Medal.

When 15-year-old Jaxon Bradey was allegedly chased and stabbed by another teenager in November 2009 at the Goldfields Plaza car park, Dave somehow put aside his own terror and jumped on the bayonet-wielding assailant’s back, wrestling him to the ground.

With the help of bystander Neil Wildman, they were able to disarm the boy and restrain him until police arrived.

In the melee, Dave sustained a minor stab wound to his back and counts himself as very lucky to get off so lightly.

Sadly, young Jaxon was not so fortunate and despite the best efforts of a medical team, could not be saved.

Jaxon’s violent death sent shockwaves through the town and Dave has admitted to replaying the sequence of events through his mind.

The Mary Street business owner denies he is a hero, and hopes the action of stepping in to help another human being in trouble is “what any member of the community would do”.

“It was nice to be nominated and recognised,” he said.

“I think anyone who appreciates community values would do the same thing.”

A 16-year-old was charged with Jaxon’s murder and acts intended to maim, disfigure or disable. His case is still before the courts.

The Pride of Australia awards are given to ordinary people who have done extraordinary things.

The award program was launched in 2005 with the aim of unearthing and celebrating unsung community heroes.

The categories are: Young Leader Medal; Environment Medal; Heroism Medal; Serving Australia Medal; Inspiration Medal; Community Spirit Medal; Care and Compassion Medal; Outstanding Bravery Medal; Fair Go Medal; Courage medal; Child of Courage Medal.

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