Bravery medals provide closure for brother's tragic death
TOOWOOMBA firefighter Stewart Dundas has received some closure on the tragic death of his brother during a bravery medal presentation ceremony in Brisbane.
Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley awarded Stewart and his niece Zoe Kerr commendations for brave conduct yesterday morning.
Mrs Kerr accepted the medal on behalf of her late father Alan Dundas, who died in November 2010 while trying with his brother Stewart to save Stewart's son Morgan from a rip tide at Agnes Water.
Both Stewart and Alan had managed to get a hold of Morgan 60m from the shore before a surfer arrived to paddle the boy to shore.
Unfortunately, Alan was unable to swim all the way back to shore and despite the best efforts of bystanders, could not be revived.
Stewart said yesterday's ceremony was an emotional time.
"It was sort of a closure for us," Stewart said.
He was there with his wife and children as well as his brother's four children.
"It brought back some memories of the event."
He was particularly moved by the mention of Alan's sacrifice for his family.
"We had people coming up to us out of the blue and offering their congratulations and their condolences."
The way the ceremony was handled also impressed Stewart.
"The professionalism, the respect- the whole process was mind-blowing."
He said he was looking forward to rebuilding family bonds while always remembering his brother's actions.
"It was very, very humbling to be there and see what they presented for us today."