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Fijian receives Australian bravery award

A local staff member of the Australian High Commission in Fiji has received a ‘Commendation for Brave Conduct’ from Australia’s Governor General, His Excellency the Hon Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC. On the morning of 28 April 2015, 64-year-old Edward Reece, a 13-year employee of the High Commission rescued a colleague after an electrical fire […]

Peni Shute

March 21, 2016 2:40 pm

A local staff member of the Australian High Commission in Fiji has received a ‘Commendation for Brave Conduct’ from Australia’s Governor General, His Excellency the Hon Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC.

On the morning of 28 April 2015, 64-year-old Edward Reece, a 13-year employee of the High Commission rescued a colleague after an electrical fire at the High Commission’s office in Tamavua, Suva.

Mr. Edward Reece (Australian High Commission)
Mr. Edward Reece. (Australian High Commission)

As the fire alarm sounded and staff began to evacuate the building, Mr Reece heard the cries of a staff member who was in close proximity to the electric panel and was unable to evacuate. Mr Reece ran to her aid and helped her to safety as the building became engulfed in smoke.

Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, Margaret Twomey, nominated Mr Reece for the Commendation celebrated the award today at a ceremony attended by High Commission staff.

I congratulate Ed on his award and I know I speak on behalf of all his colleagues here at the High Commission in saying how proud we are of him.

Still processing the news of his award, Mr Reece is above all thankful to have been able to assist a colleague.

I feel privileged that I was able to help a fellow colleague and this award is an encouragement to us all in helping each other in a time of need – whether it is family, friends or work-related.

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