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Medals for men who braved Hunter floodwaters

Monday August 18, 2014 - 08:16 EST
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Troy Jorgensen recognised for his efforts in braving floodwaters during the 2007 storm that saw the Pasha Bulker grounded on Newcastle's Nobbys Beach. - ABC

Bravery awards are being presented to two Hunter men who risked their lives to rescue people from floodwaters in 2007 and 2008.

Troy Jorgensen of Eleebana today receives an Australian Bravery medal from Governor General Peter Cosgrove for rescuing several people from cars that became submerged on parkway avenue Kotara during the Pasha Bulker storm on June 8, 2007.

Mr Jorgensen says he recalls saving two small children trapped in a car.

"My only way through the car was was through the driver's side window," he said.

"I had to get the two children out as water was gushing into the car."

Nathan Wall from Gresford receives a commendation for Brave Conduct.

On January 5, 2008 he dragged a semi-conscious man to safety after he was washed over a waterfall and hit his head on rocks at the Upper Allyn River at Lady's Well in the Barrington Tops.

He recalls how his efforts were not appreciated at the time.

Mr Wall says the intoxicated man was not particularly grateful when he regained consciousness.

"The entire time we were stranded on the other side of the river, he actually kept trying to swim across.

"I had to hold him back.

"After we got pulled across he actually refused treatment from the ambos."


- ABC

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