In memory of the Bali tragedy

and the people who were recognised

for Acts of Bravery

 

Citations of Bravery Medal Percipients 

At approximately 11.30pmon 12 October 2002, following a terrorist bombing in Bali, Constable Britten placed his life in danger by repeatedly entering the burning Sari Club to rescue a seriously injured woman and to search for survivors.

Constable Britten, a West Australian police officer on secondment to the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in East Timor, was in Bali on leave. As he walked to his hotel, he heard an explosion that he recognized as a bomb blast. He immediately ran approximately 800metres toward the Sari Club, through narrow streets blocked by hundreds of panicking people fleeing the site. The Sari Club was reduced to a burning shell and large numbers of burned and seriously injured people were lying on the roadway and footpath. On being told that a woman was trapped in the building, Constable Britten ran into the burning Club and made his way through the debris as gas cylinders exploded all around him. He managed to locate the severly injured woman, but was forced back by the intense heat and flames. He returned to the street and sought help from a man who was there searching for his friends. Constable Britten, wearing only a light singlet top, shorts and thongs, ran back into the burning building with the other person to try to rescue the woman but, having no protective clothing, was forced back by the intensity of the flames. Outside the Club, they were doused in bottled water and together ran back into the building to rescue the woman. On this attempt, they managed to reach the woman,  who was still conscious but pinned down by rubble and a piece of iron. Throughout this time and later in searching the building for other survivors, Constable Britten was aware that he was in danger of being severly injured at least and possibly, of losing his life, as he believed that another explosion had been planned by the terrorists to disrupt rescue efforts and kill emergency workers.  Despite this constant fear and severe burns to his arm, Constable Britten persisted in the rescue until the woman was prised free and could be pulled from the wreckage. The men carried her out of the Club and placed her on a truck to be taken to hospital.  They then both went back into the burning building to look for more survivors, but could see only dead bodies. Although Constable Britten wanted to continue entering the building to retrieve the bodies of victims, he was prevented by the growing intensity of the fire and further gas explosions.

Over the next hour, Constable Britten and the other person carried the badly wounded from the street outside the club to waiting trucks.  At one stage, they were stopped at gunpoint by an Indonesian police officer.  It was only when Constable Britten produced his police identification that the two men were allowed to continue their rescue efforts.  Constable Britten remained at the site helping Indonesian police and security guards, and only when he felt assured that emergency workers had the Sari Club site secured did he return to his hotel.  On that night, Constable Britten selflessly placed himself in constant danger sustaining severe burns to his arm, requiring skin grafts; deep cuts and abrasions to his feet from explosion debris; potential injury from gas cylinder explosions; and exposure to deadly infection from blood-borne diseases.

By his actions, Constable Britten displayed the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril.


On the night of Saturday, 12 October 2002 and in the early hours of Sunday, 13 October 2002, Miss Goold rescued her severly injured friend from Paddy’s Bar, Bali, following a terrorist bombing.

Miss Goold was in Paddy’s Bar, Bali, with another woman, at the time of the bombings.  After the second explosion, Miss Goold escaped from Paddy’s Bar and ran down a laneway towards a window to look back into the bar to locate her friend.  Miss Goold saw that her friend was badly injured.  Despite the building being engulfed in flames, Miss Goold climbed back into the Bar through a broken window.  Miss Goold’s friend had severe injuries to one of her legs and part of her right arm had been blown off.  Miss Goold dragged her friend to the laneway with the help of a man who came to her assistance.  Miss Goold asked two men for their shirts and used the shirts to tie tourniquets around her friend’s wounds.  One of the men helped the injured to hospital.  Miss Goold made sure her friend was taken to hospital and stayed by her side during their medical evacuation to Australia.  In the rescue of her friend,  Miss Goold sustained burns to her right arm and hand.

By her actions,  Miss Goold displayed conspicuous courage.


On the night of Saturday, 12 October 2002 and in the early hours of Sunday, 13 October 2002, Mr Meredith helped to rescue people from the Sari Club, Bali, following a terrorist bombing.

Mr Meredith was with a group of friends in the Sari Club at the time of the two terrorist bombings.  Mr Meredith recognized the explosions as bombs having lived near an Army Base.  The second bomb threw Mr Meredith two metres onto his back, winding him badly.  Despite intense heat and flames, Mr Meredith and his friends managed to help about ten people escape from the Club by lifting them over a wall.  Under the weight of people, the wall collapsed onto Mr Meredith, injuring his feet and legs and ripping off his thongs.  He managed to get to a staircase from where he helped another group of people to safety away from the fire. Mr Meredith sustained cuts and burns to his feet.

By his actions, Mr Meredith displayed conspicuous courage.


On the night of Saturday, 12 October 2002 and in the early hours of Sunday, 13 October 2002. Mr Munro helped to rescue several people from the Sari Club, Bali, following a terrorist bombing.

Mr Munro was in the Sari Club with a group of friends from the Forbes Rugby Union football club at the time of the two terrorist bombings.  The second explosion threw him to the ground and left his unconscious for a time.  After regaining consciousness.  Mr Munro saw that the roof at the Sari Club was engulfed in flames.  Despite the intensity of the heat, Mr Munro stopped to rescue an injured woman, who had been struck by falling roof beams.  Mr Munro managed to pull the woman free and carried her out of the burning building and over a wall of rubble. Mr Munro stayed to help several other people over the wall into an adjacent laneway.  Mr Munro returned to the entrance of the Club and re-entered the building.  For approximately the next two hours he carried out many more injured people to trucks and cars.  He also helped to fight the fire.

By his actions, Mr Munro displayed conspicuous courage.


On the night of Saturday, 12 October 2002 and in the early hours of Sunday, 13 October 2003, Mr Gordon rescued people from the Sari Club, Bali, following a terrorist bombing.

Mr Gordon was with a group of friends in the Sari Club at the time of the bombings.  The force of the second explosion threw Mr Gordon to the ground.  Amidst falling debris and flames, Mr Gordon made his way towards an opening next to a wall at the back of the Club. Once there Mr Gordon and his friends helped many people over the wall and out of the club to safety until the fire became too intense to remain any longer.

By his actions, Mr Gordon displayed considerable bravery.


On the night of Saturday, 12 October 2002, and in the early hours of 13 October, 2002, Mr Groneberg helped rescue many injured people from the Sari Club, Bali, following a terrorist bombing.

Mr Groneberg was in a nearby café at the time of the bombings.  On hearing the explosions, Mr Groneberg ran to the Sari Club and helped carry out many of the injured from the building, which was engulfed in flames.  Mr Groneberg repeatedly returned to the Club to rescue wounded people despite suffering bad cuts to his feet and wearing only boardshorts and a teeshirt.   Mr Groneberg and a friend also flagged down a passing motorbike and asked the driver to take Mr Groneberg and a badly injured woman to hospital on the back of the bike. After taking the woman to hospital Mr Groneberg returned to the Sari Club to help carry out more people.

By his actions, Mr Groneberg displayed considerable bravery.


On the night of Saturday, 12 October 2002, Mr Hughes helped rescue two women from Paddy’s Bar, Bali, following a terrorist bombing.

Mr Hughes was in Paddy’s Bar at the time of the bombings.  The force of the first explosion knocked Mr Hughes to the ground and his clothes caught fire.  As Mr Hughes was trying to escape, two women fell in front of him and cried out for help.  Despite having sustained severe burns and shrapnel injuries, Mr Hughes stopped to help the women.  He locked his arms with each of the women and managed to pull them out of the bar to safety.

By his actions, Mr Hughes displayed considerable bravery.


On the night of Saturday, 12 October 2002, Miss Huguenin helped rescue an injured friend from Paddy’s Bar, Bali, following a terrorist bombing.

At the time of the two bombings, Miss Huguenin was in Paddy’s Bar with a friend.  Moss Huguenin found herself on fire, so dropped to the floor and rolled around to put out the flames.  Once she had done so Miss Huguenin searched for and located her friend amongst the debris.  Despite intense heat and smoke, Miss Huguenin persisted until she had removed the wood and rubble from her friend who was initially unable to stand.  Miss Huguenin lifted up her friend and helped her walk out of Paddy’s Bar onto the street. Miss Huguenin suffered shrapnel wounds and burns to much of her body.

By her actions, Miss Huguenin displayed considerable bravery.


Late on the night of Saturday, 12 October 2002, Mr Kennedy helped to rescue a friend, who was among those injured in Paddy’s Bar, Bali, following a terrorist bombing.

Mr Kennedy was with a group of friends in Paddy’s Bar at the time of the two explosions. The force of the first bomb knocked Mr Kennedy to the ground.  After managing to escape from the intense heat and smoke, Mr Kennedy decided to return to Paddy’s Bar to search for his friends.  Mr Kennedy found some of his friends, who had located one of the group lying badly injured amongst several bodies.  Mr Kennedy helped to carry his friend out of Paddy’s Bar onto the street.  Mr Kennedy remained with his injured friend and accompanied his to hospital.

By his actions, Mr Kennedy displayed considerable bravery.


On the night of Saturday, 12 October 2002 and in the early hours of 13 October 2002, Mr Kruse was involved in rescuing many people from Paddy’s Bar, Bali, following a terrorist bombing.

In the immediate aftermath of the two terrorist bombings, Mr Kruse was at the scene of Paddy’s Bar, Mr Kruse helped rescue injured people from the burning building and carried tem 150 metres to a hotel where guests had hastily established a makeshift, emergency treatment area.  Mr Kruse returned to Paddy’s Bar repeatedly to retrieve the injured, despite believing a third bomb could explode at any time.  Mr Kruse, a firefighter in the Netherlands, applied first aid to dozens of the injured.

By his actions, Mr Kruse displayed considerable bravery.


On the night of Saturday, 12 October 2002 and in the early hours of Sunday 13 October 2002, Mr McKay rescued people from the Sari Club, Bali, following a terrorist bombing.

Mr McKay was with a group of friends in the Sari Club at the time of the bombings.  Amidst falling debris and flames, Mr McKay made his way towards an opening next to a wall at the back of the Club.  Rather than leaving the scene, Mr McKay chose to remain and helped many people over the wall land out of the Club to safety.

By his actions, Mr McKay displayed considerable bravery.


On the night of Saturday, 12 October 2002 and in the early hours of Sunday, 13 October 2002, Mr Miller rescued people from the Sari Club, Bali, following a terrorist bombing.

Mr Miller was with a group of friends in the Sari Club at the time of the bombings.  Amidst falling debris and flames, Mr Miller and his friends made their way to an opening next to a wall towards the back of the Club.  Rather than leaving the scent, Mr Miller chose to remain and help people over the wall and out of the Club to safety. 

By his actions, Mr Miller displayed considerable bravery. 


On the night of Saturday, 12 October 2002 and in the early hours of Sunday, 13 October 2003, Mr Roberts rescued people from the Sari Club, Bali, following a terrorist bombing.

Mr Roberts was with a group of friends in the Sari Club at the time of the bombings.  The force of the second explosion knocked Mr Roberts over.  When Mr Roberts stood up he noticed that he was covered in the blood of other people.  Amidst falling debris and flames, Mr Roberts made his way to an opening next to a wall towards the back of the Club.  Once there Mr Roberts helped people over the wall and out of the Club to safety until the fire became too intense to remain any longer.

By his actions, Mr Roberts displayed considerable bravery.


On the night of Saturday, 12 October 2002 and in the early hours of Sunday, 2002, Mr Russell rescued people from the Sari Club, Bali, following a terrorist bombing.

Mr Russell was with a group of friends in the Sari Club at the time of the bombings.  Mr Russell made his way towards an opening next to a wall at the back of the Club.  Rather than getting himself to immediate safety, Mr Russell chose to remain and help people over the wall and out of the Club to safety until the fire became too intense to stay any longer.

By his actions, Mr Russell displayed considerable bravery.


On the night of Saturday, 12 October 2002 and in the early hours of Sunday, 13 October 2002, Mr Treacy rescued injured people from the Sari Club, Bali, following a terrorist bombing.

Mr Treacy was in a nearby café at the time of the bombings.  On hearing the explosions, Mr Treacy ran to the Sari Club and helped carry our many of the injured from the building, which was engulfed in flamed.  Mr Treacy entered and re-entered the Club to rescue wounded people despite suffering bad cuts to his feet and wearing only boardshorts and a tee-shirt.  Mr Treacy and a friend also flagged down a passing motorbike in order to ensure a badly injured woman was taken to hospital.

By his actions, Mr Treacy displayed considerable bravery.


On the night of Saturday, 12 October 2002, and in the early hours of Sunday, 13 October 2002, Mr Wallace helped rescue badly injured people from Paddy’s Bar, Bali, following a terrorist bombing.

At the time of the two explosions, Mr Wallace was in Paddy’s Bar.  The force of the first explosion threw Mr Wallace to the ground.  Mr Wallace managed to escape from the Bar and walked past the burning Sari Club, where he met up with some friends from the Forbes Rugby Union football club.  Mr Wallace then returned to Paddy’s Bar, by now engulfed in flames, where he tried, unsuccessfully, to find three friends.  Mr Wallace noticed a man carrying a door.  Together they used the door as a makeshift stretcher to carry the badly burnt and injured out of the Bar.  Despite suffering burns and cuts to his feet, Mr Wallace went back into Paddy’s Bar about five times to rescue injured people.  Mr Wallace attempted to re-enter the Bar a further time, when a wall collapsed blocking his way.

By his actions, Mr Wallace displayed considerable bravery.


On the night of Saturday, 12 October 2002, Mr Beirne helped people escape from Paddy’s Bar, Bali, which was on fire following a terrorist bombing.

Mr Beirne was in Paddy’s Bar at the time of the two explosions.  The force of the first blast threw him to the ground.   Mr Beirne managed to climb over a wall topped with barbed wire and jump down to the street in which both Paddy’s Bar and the Sari Club were located.  Mr Beirne remained near the burning buildings for some time to help a number of injured people to escape to safety.

For his actions, Mr Beirne is commended for brave conduct.


On the night of Saturday, 12 October 2002, Mr Ernst helped people escape from the Sari Club, Bali, following a terrorist bombing.

Mr Ernst was with friends in the Sari Club at the time of the two explosions.  The force of the second bomb knocked Mr Ernst to the ground, covering him with bodies and debris.  After freeing himself, Mr Ernst found his way out of the Club over a wall into a laneway. He remained in the laneway and helped other people over the wall, including a man who shouted that he was unable to see.  Mr Ernst reassured the man and helped his escape into an adjacent building to safety.

For his actions, Mr Ernst is commended for brave conduct.


On the night of Saturday, 12 October 2002, and in the early hours of Sunday, 13 October 2002, Mr Howe helped many people escape from the Sari Club, Bali, following a terrorist bombing.

At the time of the two explosions Mr Howe was in the Sari Club with a group of friends from the Forbes Rugby Union football club.  The force of the second bomb knocked Mr Howe to the ground, injuring his head.  Mr Howe managed to climb onto a wall and onto the roof frame of an adjacent building from where he jumped to the ground.  Mr Howe remained there and helped people jump from the roof to the ground.  Then Mr Howe and a team-mate tried to re-enter the Sari Club to search for friends, but the intensity of the heat and flames forced them back. Mr Howe stayed for some time in the vicinity of the Club where he tried to help firefighters extinguish the fire.

For his actions, Mr Howe is commended for brave conduct.


On the night of Saturday, 12 October 2002, Miss Luke helped to rescue a man from the Sari Club, Bali, following a terrorist bombing.

Miss Luke was in the Sari Club with her partner at the time of the two explosions.  The force of the second blast threw Miss Luke to the ground.  After managing to escape, Miss Luke ran to the front of the Club to search for her partner.  On her way, she stopped to help a badly injured young man, who was lying close to a burning car. Miss Luke believed the young man would be engulfed in flamed if he remained there.  She asked the man if he could stand up.  When he said he could not, Miss Luke helped him to his feet and supported him as they walked away from the flames.  Miss Luke tried to re turn to the Sari Club to look for her partner, but was persuaded by a friend that it was too dangerous to go near the burning building.  Miss Luke then helped other people lift the young man into a car to be taken to hospital.

For her actions, Miss Luke is commended for brave conduct.


On the night of Saturday, 12 October 2002, and in the early hours of Sunday, 13 October 2002, Mr McGuigan assisted at the center of the bombsite in Bali to rescue people injured following the terrorist bombing.

Mr McGuigan was staying at a hotel near the Sari Club and Paddy’s Bar at the time of the two explosions.  Disregarding his own safety, Mr McGuigan immediately ran to the site of the bombings to help victims in whatever way he could.  Mr McGuigan and another man used a luggage trolley to move a badly injured man from the vicinity of the Sari Club to Mr McGuigan’s hotel.  Mr McGuigan returned to the scent of the bombings and attempted to remove inflammable objects, such as gas cylinders and motorbikes, away from the laneway near Paddy’s Bar.  Mr McGuigan the worked through the night helping injured people to safety.

For his actions, Mr McGuigan is commended for brave conduct.


On the night of Saturday, 12 October 2002, and in the early hours of Sunday, 13 October 2002, Mr McIlroy assisted people to escape from the Sari Club, Bali, following a terrorist bombing.

Mr McIlroy was with three friends at the Sari Club at the time of the two explosions.  The blasts caused a metal light-fitting to fall and hit Mr McIlroy, injuring his head. In the panic to escape the flames, Mr McIlroy and one friend became separated from their two other companions. Mr McIlroy and his friend ran towards a side wall, where dozens of people were trying to climb up crates to scale the wall to safety. Mr McIlroy and his friend acted selflessly in helping several of these people to climb over the wall before escaping themselves.

For his actions, Mr McIlroy is commended for brave conduct. 


On the night of Saturday, 12 October 2003, Mr MacLachlan helped to rescue a friend, who was among those injured in Paddy’s Bar, Bali, following a terrorist bombing.

Mr MacLachlan was with a group of friends in Paddy’s Bar at the time of the two explosions.  In spite of the fire and intense smoke, Mr MacLachlan stayed inside the bar to look for his friends.  Mr MacLachlan found some of his friends, who had located one of the group lying badly injured under several bodies.  Mr MacLachlan helped to carry the injured man out of Paddy’s Bar.

For his actions, Mr MacLachlan is commended for brave conduct.


On the night of Saturday, 12 October 2002, Mr Moylan rescued a woman who was lying unconscious near the Sari Club, Bali, following a terrorist bombing.

Mr Moylan was in the Sari Club with friends at the time of the two explosions.  The force of the second blast caused roof debris to hit Mr Moylan, pinning one of his feet underneath the debris.  Mr Moylan freed his foot and ran up a staircase to the roof.  As he was about to jump to an adjacent building, Mr Moylan was pushed off the roof, catching hold of power lines, which he used to pull himself onto the roof of the building.  There he found an unconscious woman and lowered her down into an alley.  After jumping into the alley himself, Mr Moylan carried the woman some distance from the Club to a position where she could be given first aid. He then went to help others in need.

For his actions, Mr Moylan is commended for brave conduct.


On the night of Saturday, 12 October 2002, and in the early hours of Sunday, 13 October 2003, Mr Neate helped people escape from the Sari Club, Bali, following a terrorist bombing.

Mr Neate was with friends at the Sari Club at the time of the two explosions. In the panic to escape the flames, Mr Neate and one friend became separated from their other companions. Mr Neate and his friend ran up a set of stairs and climbed onto a wall, from where they pulled up people trying to scale the wall to safety.  Mr Neate and his friend then leaped onto the rafters of an adjoining building, whose roof tiles had been destroyed in the blast.  There, they helped two distressed women across the gap between the buildings before themselves jumping into a laneway to safety.


For his actions, Mr Neate is commended for brave conduct.

On the night of Saturday, 12 October 2002, Mr Quayle helped several people escape from the Sari Club, following a terrorist bombing.

Mr Quayle was in the Sari Club with members of the Kingsley Amateur Football Club at the time of the two explosions.  The force of the second blast threw Mr Quayle to the ground, covering him with debris.  After freeing himself, Mr Quayle helped several people off the floor, including one of his team-mates.  Together, Mr Quayle and his colleague made their way to a side wall of the Club where they assembled crates together to enable people to climb over the wall to safety.  Selflessly Mr Quayle helped several people over the wall before escaping himself.

For his actions, Mr Quayle is commended for brave conduct.


On the night of Saturday, 12 October 2002, and in the early hours of Sunday 13 October 2002, Mr Robertson helped people escape from the Sari Club, Bali, following a terrorist bombing.

Mr Robertson was with friends at the Sari Club at the time of the two explosions.  In the panic to escape the flames, Mr Robertson and one friend became separated from their other companions. Mr Robertson and his friend ran towards a side wall, where dozens of people were trying to climb up crates to get over the wall to safety.  Selflessly, Mr Robertson helped several of these people to climb over the wall before escaping himself.

For his actions, Mr Robertson is commended for brave conduct.


On the night of Saturday, 12 October 2002, Mr Sheridan helped to rescue a friend, who was among those injured in Paddy’s Bar, Bali, following a terrorist bombing.

Mr Sheridan was with a group of friends in Paddy’s Bar at the time of the two explosions.  The force of the first bomb knocked Mr Sheridan to the ground.  In spite of the fire and thick smoke, Mr Sheridan stayed inside the bar to look for his friends.  Mr Sheridan found one of the group lying badly injured amongst several bodies and, together with some of his friends, helped to carry the injured man out of Paddy’s Bar.

For his actions, Mr Sheridan is commended for brave conduct.


On the night of Saturday, 12 October, Mr Smith rescued several people from Paddy’s Bar, Bali, following a terrorist bombing.

Mr Smith was with a group of friends in Paddy’s Bar at the time of the two explosions.  The force of the blasts knocked Mr Smith unconscious.  After regaining consciousness, Mr Smith walked through intense heat and thick smoke to reach a friend, who he knew was unable to walk.  Mr Smith told two panic-stricken women, seated with his friend, to hold onto his shirt so that he could lead them to safety while carrying his friend out of Paddy’s Bar.

For his actions, Mr Smith is commended for brave conduct.


On the night of Saturday, 12 October 2002, and in the early hours of Sunday, 13 October 2002, Mr Solomon helped people escape from the Sari Club, Bali, following a terrorist bombing.

Mr Solomon was with friends at the Sari Club at the time of the two explosions.  In the panic to escape the flames,  Mr Solomon and one friend became separated from their other companions.  Mr Solomon and his friend ran up a set of stair and climbed onto a wall, from where they pulled up people tying to scale to safety.  Mr Solomon and his friend then leaped onto the rafters of an adjoining building, whose roof tiles had been destroyed in the blasts.  There, they helped two distressed women get across the gap between the buildings before themselves jumping into a laneway to safety.

For his actions, Mr Solomon is commended for brave conduct.


On the night of Saturday, 12 October 2002, Mr Wood helped to rescue a friend who was among those injured in Paddy’s Bar, Bali, following a terrorist bombing.

 Mr Wood was with a group of friends in Paddy’s Bar at the time of the two explosions.  The force of the blasts knocked Mr Wood to the ground unconscious.  After regaining consciousness, Mr Wood noticed that his hair was on fire and quickly put it out.  Mr Wood chose to remain inside the bar to search for his friends.  Despite the intense heat and thick smoke, Mr Wood located some of his friends, who had found one of the group lying badly injured amongst several bodies.  Mr Wood then helped to carry the injured man out of Paddy’s Bar.

 For his actions, Mr Wood is commended for brave conduct.


On the night of Saturday, 12 October 2002, Mr Zomer helped people to escape from the Sari Club, Bali, following a terrorist bombing.

 Mr Zomer was in the Sari Club with members of the Kingsley Amateur Football Club at the time of the two explosions.  The force of the second blast threw Mr Zomer to the ground, covering him with debris.  After being freed by one of his team-mates Mr Zomer and his friend made their way to a wall of the Club where they assembled crates together to enable people to scale the wall to safety.  Selflessly, Mr Zomer helped several people over the wall before escaping himself.

 For his actions, Mr Zomer is commended for brave conduct.  

 

Last Updated 22 February, 2009