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TWO soldiers will receive individual
bravery awards for rescuing a driv-
er and passenger from the cab of a
burning truck in September 2010.
Governor-General Quentin Bryce
announced on August 27 that six
Bravery Awards would go to four ADF
members for their actions responding
to the serious vehicle crash.
Maj Patrick Davison and Cpl Shawn
Scott will be awarded Commendations
for Brave Conduct and will also receive
a Group Bravery Citation alongside Cpl
Todd Barnes and Lt Brandon Coghill.
The group were part of a convoy
of ADF vehicles driving on the Bruce
Highway on September 29, 2010, en
route to Lavarack Barracks to partici-
pate in Exercise Hamel.
About 2.30pm, an Army Mack truck
towing plant equipment was struck by
a civilian B-Double truck, causing both
vehicles to burst into flames.
Cpl Shawn Scott, then a 2/14LHR
ASLAV crew commander, was one of
the first to a scene he described as a
"I could see the driver in the Mack
truck so I ran over and tried to open his
side of the door, but it was all jammed
up," Cpl Scott said.
"At the time there were tyres
exploding from the heat, other things
were going off and fire was coming
down the back of the trailer," he said.
"There was another person in the
car -- I was only expecting one. It took
me three attempts to pull him clear as
carefully as I could without doing him
any further damage or injury.
while to get him to a safe distance."
Maj Davison was on the scene
"I climbed into the cab to help the
driver who was very distressed as his
legs were trapped in the steering and
pedal linkages and the rear of the cab
was now on fire," said Maj Davison.
"I told him I would get him out and
that I would stay with him until his legs
were free; all I can remember is know-
ing that I had to get this bloke out or he
would die in there," he said.
Lt Coghill had moved his ASLAV
through the debris to stop oncoming
traffic before approaching the scene
with a first aid kit and fire extinguish-
"We came across the civilian truck
driver who had been ejected from his
vehicle on impact," said Lt Coghill.
"I instructed Tpr Ward and Sqn-Ldr
Weekes to start providing first aid to
the civilian and moved to the Army
Mack, which was on fire, and started
using the extinguishers, but the fire
was too fierce.
"Cpl Scott and Maj Davison had
already climbed on to the bonnet to
free the sappers from inside the cabin,
so I helped stretcher them to a casualty
collection point set up by the cavalry
scouts," he said.
Lt Coghill said his enduring memo-
ry of the incident was seeing his troop
acting quickly, efficiently and with
"Everyone just assessed the situa-
tion and conducted the tasks that need-
ed to be done," he said.
The three men agreed that the
awards were unexpected and hum-
Cpl Scott said if he hadn't been on
the scene, the other members of the
unit would have stepped up and done
exactly the same thing.
"It is humbling to receive the award,
but what's more humbling is that those
two guys can go home to their families
and loved ones. The rest of the stuff is
sort of irrelevant," he said.
Diggers save lives in horror truck crash
Aftermath: The burnt out husks of the two trucks involved in the 2010 crash give some indication of the fire from
which Cpl Shawn Scott, pictured inset, and Maj Patrick Davison rescued the Mack truck crew.
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