Four Indonesians receive Australian bravery medals
The Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Bill Farmer, presented Bravery Medals on Tuesday to four Indonesians who helped pull victims from the wreckage of a crashed Australian Defence Force (ADF) helicopter.
“It is a great honor to present these medals to our Indonesian friends who risked their lives to save Australians in a tragic accident,” Farmer told kompas.com during the ceremony at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta.
The medals were given to Giawi, Adiziduhu Harefa, Motani Harefa, and Seti Nduru. They were the first Indonesians to receive the medals.
Nine ADF personnel died when a Sea King helicopter crashed and exploded on a football field on Nias island in April 2005.
Leading Seaman Shane Warburton and air force paramedic Scott Nicholls were the only survivors.
The ADF was in Nias as part of a humanitarian relief effort after a massive earthquake. (dre)