Bravery award for robbery intervention

Two residents of North Avoca have been awarded a Commendation for Brave Conduct by the Governor-General, His excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd).

On the afternoon of June 11 last year, Mr Stephen Brandley and Mr Peter Perkins intervened against three armed men during a house robbery in North Avoca.

Mr Perkins, warned that several men were breaking into a neighbour’s house, immediately went to investigate.

Arriving at the scene, he confronted the driver of a van parked outside the residence before the driver fled, shouting a warning to his accomplices inside the house.

Mr Brandley was driving past the residence when Mr Perkins stopped him and alerted him to the robbery in progress.

Mr Brandley and Mr Perkins then entered the house through the broken front door.

Noises led them to a bedroom where they found three men attempting to move a safe.

The offender wielded a crowbar and block splitter at Mr Brandley and Mr Perkins before fleeing the house.

For their actions, Mr Brandley and Mr Perkins have been commended for brave conduct.

Media release,

13 Aug 2014

Susan Fischer, office of

The Governor-General