Local heroes saving lives

An incredible array of highly courageous people from around NSW … who have performed amazing acts of bravery … to be saluted at Government House in Sydney on Tuesday 13thAugust 2019.

Amongst the recipients are Louise Stodulka (from Marrickville) and David Arthurs (from Lilyfield).

The special ceremony will be hosted by Her Excellency The Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of New South Wales (Patron of Royal Life Saving NSW).

An incredible array of courageous people from around New South Wales – who have performed astonishing acts of bravery – are being saluted on Tuesday 13thAugust 2019 at Government House in Sydney.

The special recognition is being awarded to people who went well above the call of duty to help somebody else in crisis.

Royal Life Saving NSW Chief Executive Officer Michael Ilinsky says the special ceremony is a way of thanking incredible individuals who have often saved a life and made a massive difference to somebody else.

Michael Ilinsky said, “Her Excellency The Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of New South Wales will present the commendations.  We will deliberately stop and sing the praises of heroes who haven’t looked for the spotlight but well and truly deserve to have the spotlight shone on them.”

“We never cease to be amazed at just how courageous members of the public can be.  These special commendation awards are given to people who have displayed outstanding initiative, expertise and empathy towards others.  They are given to people who have applied critical lifesaving skills in emergency situations.  Some of these people have risked their own life to carry out an act of bravery.”

“Simply put, these people are deeply inspiring. The very least we can do is salute them and thank them for their enormous bravery. Quite often people are helping someone they do not even know – they are carrying out a totally selfless act.”

Louise Stodulka and David Arthurs are being recognised for their bravery at the Commendation ceremony.

On Saturday 16 September 2017 … after completing a warm up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class at the gym … a man collapsed on to the floor.

Louise Stodulka and David Arthurs immediately went to his aid.  Together they assessed the man’s vital signs and unable to locate a pulse, started Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and directed another gym member to call emergency services.  Louise and David carried out CPR for approximately seven minutes before paramedics arrived and were able to take the man to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He was worked on for a further eleven minutes and revived again in the emergency department.

High Commendations are awarded to Louise Stodulka and David Arthurs.  Their quick actions and response to the incident undoubtedly contributed to saving the man’s life.

Michael Ilinsky added, “Certificates of Commendation will be presented to members of the general public, the NSW Police Award to officers of the New South Wales Police Force, the Fire & Rescue NSW Award to officers of Fire & Rescue NSW and the NSW Rural Fire Service Award to officers of the NSW Rural Fire Service.”

“Royal Life Saving NSW is absolutely delighted to be part of this event.  Make no mistake, it is absolutely critical to salute the quiet heroes who have done something amazing … with no fuss … because they wanted to help someone else in trouble.  Each and every person is a very worthy recipient.  Huge congratulations to everyone involved – we are very inspired by you all.”