Brave men remember lost child
IT WAS with mixed emotions that Casino’s Les Bowden and Darryl ‘Roo’ Walker accepted their certificates of appreciation at the Police and Community Awards at the Lismore Turf Club on Wednesday.
Mr Bowden and Mr Walker were recognised for their efforts in trying to save the life of a nine-year-old girl hit by a car in Casino in March.
“What we would like to say is thank you to everyone involved in trying to keep her alive,” Mr Bowden told the function.
“Roo and I are humbled to represent you all. In memory of her life, and on her behalf, thanks again.”
It was a harrowing night for the two men and they both remember it like it was yesterday.
“It never leaves you,” Mr Bowden said.
He had just turned off the television and was heading to bed about midnight on March 3 when he heard a loud screech of tyres and a sickening thump in his street.
“I went straight out and people were running around like crazy.
“I saw the girl in the driveway next door and immediately checked for a pulse,” he said.
“Darryl came down and together we started CPR.
“It was only five minutes until the ambulance arrived but it seemed longer.
“Time goes very slowly in those situations. We managed to get a heartbeat but sadly, she died on the way to hospital.”
Mr Bowden and Mr Walker joined 43 other community recipients recognised for outstanding acts.
More than 30 police officers from the Richmond Local Area Command and emergency services members were awarded medals, citations and commendations for acts of bravery, professionalism and skill.
Supt Geoff McKechnie praised the commitment of police, the emergency services and the community.
It was important that such actions were recognised, he said.