Senior Constable Mick Gray. Image Credit: QPS
Senior Constable Mick Gray was amongst other police officers throughout the state who were recently recognised for brave conduct at Government House by the Governor of Queensland.
On the afternoon of October 18 2016, Senior Constable (then Constable) Michael Gray and Mr Fletcher Ericson from Surf Life Saving Queensland, went to the rescue of two swimmers in difficulty at Elliott Heads Beach, near Bundaberg.
The alarm was raised by Senior Constable Gray’s partner, Sherylea Jones who is a qualified nurse at Bundaberg Base Hospital.
At approximately 1pm Senior Constable Gray, who was off-duty at the time, witnessed two distressed swimmers about 100m from the shore at Elliott Heads Beach.
Realising they were in difficulty, and being dragged further out to sea with the quickly moving tide, he immediately entered the choppy water and swam towards them.
Senior Constable Gray attempted to communicate with the swimmers, who were in a panicked state, with one swimmer intermittently falling below the water.
At this point Fletcher Ericson also entered the water, swimming towards the struggling pair.
On reaching them, the male was barely conscious and in need of medical attention.
The rescuers linked arms with them and began making their way to shore where emergency services were waiting.
The swimmers were transported to Bundaberg hospital and both recovered from their ordeal.
“Had it not been for his partner Sherylea who noticed the pair, and raised the alarm with emergency services then the result would have been different,” Senior Constable Gray who is also employed as an advanced care paramedic with Queensland Ambulance Service said.
“It is an honour to be recognised by my peers but, I did what I was sworn to do and Fletcher did what he was on call for. We were just doing our jobs. Police, emergency services and hospital staff do this stuff everyday. They save lives daily and do not expect recognition,” he said.
As a result of their actions, Mr Ericson and Senior Constable Gray are commended for brave conduct.
Whilst Fletcher Ericson attended the ceremony at Government House yesterday, Senior Constable Gray will wait a little longer to receive his award preferring it be presented in Bundaberg with his family, friends and peers present.
Senior Constable Gray and his partner also received a Certificate of Appreciation from Surf Life Saving Australia presented by Mr David Batt MP.