Modest hero to get bravery medal for rescuing man from ocean
AUGUST 1, 2010, is a date Peter Farrand will remember for the rest of his life.
It's the day he saved Ben Legg's life when he pulled him from the ocean unconscious and did first aid.
Now Mr Legg's mother, Julianna Simmons, has found a way to thank Mr Farrand for saving her son's life: she has nominated him for a bravery medal, and he can't quite believe it.
The Royal Humane Society of NSW will award Mr Farrand for his bravery with a bronze medal at Government House.
Mr Farrand said although he knew his actions saved Mr Legg's life, he felt a bit strange about getting an award for it.
"It's a bit strange, I didn't really expect it," the modest lifesaver said.
But Ms Simmons can't thank Mr Farrand enough for saving her then 31-year-old son, who is believed to have suffered a seizure while body boarding. The seizure was due to brain damage as a result of being brutally bashed nine months beforehand.
On the fateful day on Tallows Beach, Mr Farrand had been playing cricket when he spotted Ben in trouble, floating upside down in the water.
He dragged the unconscious Mr Legg to shore, then began performing CPR, or what he remembered of it from a course almost two decades before.
"It was there, but not fresh," he said of his CPR knowledge.
"It was a bit frantic."
His actions saved Mr Legg's life, and when Mr Farrand received a call from the police a week later telling him that Mr Legg had made a full recovery, he was overwhelmed with emotion.
"I just started crying," Mr Farrand said.