3 Jun 2009

Bravery awards for those who saved lives

3:59 pm on 3 June 2009

A woman who saved a 10-year-old boy from drowning and two men who helped the driver of a burning fuel tanker are among those who will receive bravery awards on Wednesday.

Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand is to present the Royal Humane Society awards in Auckland.

Titirangi woman Donna Kitchener will receive a silver medal for saving a 10-year-old boy from mudflats in 2006. The boy's father died trying to rescue him.

Kafoa-Mo Talau Ngauamo got stuck in dense mud trying to rescue his son and disappeared under the water.

Donna Kitchener says she does not see herself as a hero, and maintains that Mr Ngauamo is the hero of the day.

"I did what I had to do at the time and his father unfortunately had to give his life to save his boy. I'm just grateful that I could help him out."

Silver medals will also be given to Anthony Church and Joseph Harding from Waikato, who helped the driver of a burning fuel tanker that hit a truck near Te Rapa in 2007.

Albert Collins from Hamilton, who helped the truck driver, will be awarded a bronze medal.

Joe Nunufolau, John Tavita and Shane Robertson will receive silver medals for saving four people trapped in a van on fire after a collision in June 2008.