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Posted on September 17, 2015 at 5:02 PM Comments comments (206)

Father John Tyson expresses his sincere appreciation for publics support

Gold Coast, Queensland, September 9, 2015 - It has been confirmed by Government House, Queensland that Australian flood hero  Jordan Lucas Rice is to be awarded a ‘Bravery Medal’. Jordan and his mother Donna lost their lives during flash flooding which tore through the Queensland city of Toowoomba in January 2010. An awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 23 September 2015 at Government House, Brisbane.

In May 2014 a petition was instigated by John Tyson appealing for Jordan to be formally recognised with the Cross of Valour. To date 306,909 members of the public have signed the petition in support of his plight. Mr. Tyson is very much aware that the Bravery Medal was awarded only as a result of the strong public support as previous third party nominations requesting that Jordan is suitably recognised for his bravery had been flatly refused by the Australian Bravery Decorations Council.

There are four grades of award made by the Australian Bravery Decorations Council (ABDC). These awards commencing with the highest, are:

  1. Cross of Valour (CV) - awarded only for acts of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril
  2. Star of Courage (SC) - awarded only for acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril
  3. Bravery Medal (BM) – awarded for acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances
  4. Commendation for Brave Conduct – awarded for other acts of bravery are considered worth of recognition

While Mr. Tyson understands that the BM has been awarded under duress, he wishes to thank those that have supported him in his quest to have Jordans sacrifice acknowledged:-

“On Wednesday 23 September 2015 and 4 and a half years after losing his life, Jordan will receive the first and only form of formal recognition by way of a Bravery Medal (BM) as awarded by the ABDC.

I would like to thank everyone across Australia and beyond for taking the time out of their busy lives in order to lend their support to the online petition calling for Jordan to be honored with the Cross of Valour (CV).  The petition gained over 306,909 signatures and is the largest petition in Australian history.  

Tony Abbott had publicly likened Jordans bravery to that of a modern day Simpson and Donkey, our Prime Minister wept in Parliament and calls for Jordan to be awarded with the Cross of Valour echoed across government and public forums it was apparent that that this was to be  the only extent of their support. 

The gap between social classes soon became apparent. In what Mr. Abbott described as a ‘Captains call’ he knighted Prince Philip and Angus Houston - my point being is that he could have intervened however it seems that his previous statements in support of Jordan had been lost. I instead found myself once again at the mercy of the Honours Council for their consideration – some members of whom have vested interests in the very systems and organisations that had failed a large number of flood victims during this period.

I have chosen no to attend the official awards ceremony as I do not believe that this is the time for shallow and insincere back slapping. I instead wish for the mums, dads and children that have battled with me to know that every phone call, letter, email and nomination made this happen and that they are to take great pride in this achievement.  Without their support, to this day Jordan would not have been acknowledged for his sacrifice and bravery – for this I am, and will always be eternally grateful."

John Tyson

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