Bravery award for cop who saved man's life
THE sincere thanks of a car-crash victim in a handwritten letter is all it takes for Darryl Campbell to remember why he works as a policeman.
The Road Policing Unit senior constable keeps the letter with him as a reminder of the day on April 29, 2011, when he saved a man's life.
Snr Const Campbell will be among 15 Queenslanders receiving a bravery award from the Royal Humane Society of Australasia at a special ceremony at City Hall in Brisbane today.
It will be the second bravery honour Snr Const Campbell has received since the incident. He said it was humbling to be honoured for something he did as part of his job.
Snr Const Campbell was the first on the scene when a seriously injured driver was trapped inside his upturned vehicle after it crashed into a wall on Maroochydore Rd.
Still buckled into his seat and suffering a broken neck, the driver was drifting in and out of consciousness.
Snr Const Campbell crawled into the car to try to free the man before eventually helping to slide him out the back passenger door to waiting paramedics.
The engine had been ripped from its bay and leaking petrol had soaked Snr Const Campbell's uniform.
"I didn't realise how big a deal it was until I met up with the family and he gave me a handwritten letter,'' he said.
"I keep it with me in my bag and from time to time it gives me that reality check when I'm having a bad day.
"It's so humbling to think I am getting these awards, because you do your job and then move on and enjoy the next day.
"When I read that letter and remember seeing that man's 10-year-old son, I remember why I joined the police force.
"I'd do it again tomorrow if I had to."