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Clearance diver wins police bravery award

A Royal Australian Navy clearance diver has been awarded a NSW Police Area Commander’s Commendation after saving the life of an elderly woman in a house fire earlier this year.

Warrant Officer Christopher Wright was walking past a house in Balgowlah in Sydney’s north in April with his son when a smoke alarm alerted him to a house fire.

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He acted immediately and entered the burning house to find 90-year-old Pat Andrews, who he carried outside to safety.

Then he went back inside, armed with a garden hose, and checked for more occupants.

He was able to douse most of the flames, except for a burning toaster, as firefighters and police arrived.

His courage and quick thinking earned WOFF Wright a NSW Police Area Commander’s Commendation.

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Andrews told local media that she would probably have died if it wasn’t for the Navy diver who plucked her from her weatherboard house.

WOFF Wright, who has served as a bomb disposal technician in Afghanistan, said he appreciated the recognition.

“It was a great honour to receive the commendation from the police, who put themselves in harm’s way every day to save people in trouble,” he said.

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