KNIFE ATTACK HERO HONOURED
By ANDY PARKS firstname.lastname@example.org NIGEL WADE still wears the scars from tackling an armed intruder to the ground in his neighbour's unit.
Now, four years later, his efforts have been recognised with one of the highest bravery awards in the country.
A part-time Kyogle resident, Mr Wade was included in the Governor General's commendation for brave conduct awards, announced this week.
Mr Wade said he was lucky things ended the way they did.
"He stabbed me with the knife. The angle of the swipe was overarm and it cut me from nose to lip. It was only millimetres from my eye so it could have been a lot worse."
The incident took place in a block of units in Kirribilli where Mr Wade was living at the time on Australia Day, 2004.
Mr Wade said he was having a quiet snooze when one of his neighbours came in and said 'there's someone in the unit.'
He casually got up and got dressed and went down to where he saw another neighbour who had already been robbed.
"We saw the bloke in the second unit and my neighbour, Paul, said 'what are you doing in there?' and disturbed him. I opened the door and he saw us. As I went inside he went to the draw and pulled out a knife."
Mr Wade said the intruder put himself off balance when he struck at him with the knife, letting Mr Wade knock him down.
"He could have fallen on the knife. The outcome could have been very different," he said.
He then sat on the intruder for 30 minutes until the police arrived. Ted Mymarra was eventually sentenced to 15 months jail for the crime.
"At the time police rang me and told me I was entitled to victim's compensation and also said I'd be nominated for an award. I thought it might be a police award, I never envisaged it would be this high Vice Regal award," he said.
He says his registered address is still in Kyogle, but he spends as much time in Sydney and Queensland these days, 'wheeling and dealing'.
"When the letter came in from the Governor General's office, I thought it was from the electoral office wanting to know why I had done so many postal votes," he said.
Mr Wade's sister Lynn Hayes remembers him calling her the day it happened.
"He was very casual about it. He rang and said 'I've been stabbed today'. I didn't take him too seriously because he's a bit of a joker; but it did affect him, he dwelt on it a lot."
Lynn said Mr Wade had attended Wiangaree Public School and Kyogle High School and worked in the town as a fitter and turner for a while.
"Nigel did judo as a young fellow, so I think that must have kicked in," she said.