Australian Bravery Medals to be awarded today in Canberrra

ORDINARY people put in extraordinary situations.

That is generally what underpins brave conduct.

Numerous New South Wales and Queensland residents will be honoured today when they receive Australian Bravery Medals at a ceremony at Government House in Canberra.

The recipients come from all walks of life but they all share one thing in common - they put their own life in jeopardy to help save another.

Whether it was pulling a person from a burning vehicle, helping someone who was drowning or, in the case of those recipients in uniform, putting themselves in life-or-death situations while being confronted with an armed offender, all went above and beyond.

Australian Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove said the awards represented the highest level of recognition that could be accorded for outstanding achievement and service in national life.

"I offer my warmest congratulations and express my sincere admiration for your brave actions," he said.

"We are fortunate as a community and as a nation to benefit from your contribution, and it is fitting that you have been recognised by the Australian honours system.

"You now join the company of men and women whose actions have enriched our community and whose values we hold dear."

Sir Peter will award 22 people Bravery Medals, 44 people Commendations for Brave Conduct, 11 Group Bravery Citations and one person the Star of Courage at today's ceremony.

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