Aaron Brown is Queensland's newest young hero
A SHY smile at his tearful mother was 17-year-old Aaron Brown's only physical sign of his thrill at being named Queensland's newest “super” hero.
The otherwise stoic Harristown High school senior was the guest of honour at a Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) award ceremony where he was named the state's bravest “Young Hero” yesterday.
And no-one looked prouder than the man whose life he saved – his father Andrew Brown; on June 22 and in front of a horrified Aaron, Mr Brown collapsed on the floor of their Charlton home and then his heart and breathing stopped.
Communications operators guided Aaron through first aid, but the teenager said his St John's training had him well prepared.
“I certainly didn't do it for the fame,” the state and South-West QAS Young Hero of the Year said, adding that he had a close encounter of his own after a near-miss while horse-riding last weekend.
QAS commissioner David Melville was on hand to present his own award to Aaron at the ceremony.
“Thinking of the tension there must have been when your father was in cardiac arrest and doing what needed to be done speaks spades,” he said.
Other south-western award recipients announced during Ambulance Week were Miles' Tony Stout as paramedic of the year and Warwick as Station of the Year.
Other winners included emergency dispatchers Ailsa Mullins and Stephen Godley, Warwick Local Area Committee president Peter Stewart, support officer Anita Andersen, Morven ambulance officer Sandra Gordon and Stanthorpe patient transport officer Robert Marshall.