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Army July 8, 2010
By Cpl Zenith King
A SOLDIER was kicked
and punched when he went
to the aid of an elderly man
being assaulted by three
Cpl Dale Salis, a trans-
port NCO at Lismore's
41RNSWR, and his son were
returning from a fishing trip
on May 15 when a flat tyre
forced him to stop in Ballina
on the NSW north coast.
"I was underneath the car
trying to see what had hap-
pened and these young people
started shouting out. It startled
me because they were yell-
ing at my son in the passenger
seat," Cpl Salis said.
"I noticed an old guy was
riding a push bike along the
street and the youths stopped
him and started pushing him
off his bike."
Cpl Salis rang the police
on his mobile phone and then
"One of the guys ... told
me to leave it alone, but I said
I would if they left the old guy
alone," he said. "As soon as I
turned my back on them they
hit me from behind."
The youths -- two males
and a female -- knocked him
to the ground and kicked him
in the face and back.
Police arrived soon after
and were also targeted by the
youths, who were subdued
with pepper spray and arrest-
ed. A medical examination
revealed that Cpl Salis had a
Head of Corps RACT
Brig David Mulhall sent Cpl
Salis a letter commending his
courageous and selfless act.
"Your quick and decisive
action undoubtedly stopped
further harm being caused to
a senior citizen," Brig Mulhall
Cpl Salis said that helping
those in need was something
that everyone should do.
"I always try to avoid
fighting and prefer to talk my
way out of disagreements,"
he said. "People should try
to avoid situations like this
if possible, but don't leave
someone to get hurt if you can
do something about it."
By Sgt Dave Morley
A QUICK response by an RMC duty officer
resulted in the arrest of a suspicious male on
Two officer cadets were approached within
the grounds of RMC by a dishevelled person
who offered to sell them drugs.
They immediately reported it to Sgt Bill
Ross at the duty room.
Sgt Ross said he detailed a security guard to
drive around the area in one vehicle, while he
went off in another direction in the duty vehicle.
"I found this person down near the transit
accommodation," he said.
"He was just standing in the middle of the
road and didn't move as I drove toward him."
Sgt Ross said he asked a soldier, who was
unpacking his car nearby, to help him escort the
suspect back to the guardroom.
Sgt Ross telephoned the police, who
informed the man he was under arrest for tres-
pass. The man became uncooperative and it took
three police officers to restrain him.
A female civilian employee attended the
duty room to report she had earlier spoken to the
suspect in the ORs' kitchen and was concerned
about his behaviour.
Sgt Ross later discovered the soldier he
asked for assistance was a reporter with Army.
"Of all the people to ask for help, it would
have to be a reporter," he said.
Aid draws a beating
Good samaritan: Cpl Dale Salis was attacked when he tried to stop three
youths attacking an elderly man.
Photo by Sgt John Waddell
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