Narrawallee resident Lisa Elmas has been awarded a Commendation for Courage – Community by the Premier of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian.
Lisa risked her own life on Boxing Day last year as she attempted to rescue members of the Falkholt family after a horror head-on collisions on the Princes Highway.
Tragically, all four members of the family, two daughters and their parents, were killed.
“Lisa is a true hero, and I congratulate her most sincerely on this commendation,” South Coast MP Shelley Hancock said.
Along with two other members of the public, Lisa assisted the family on the scene immediately after the accident until NSW Ambulance paramedics arrived on the scene.
“Today Lisa has been recognised for her heroic efforts in putting her own life at risk to save others,” Mrs Hancock said.
Commended by the Premier Gladys Berejiklian and NSW Ambulance chief executive Dominic Morgan, Lisa was recognised for her incredible act of courage during a serious medical emergency at a ceremony in Bankstown on Friday, September 14.
The awards recognise a range of highly deserving finalists, including paramedics, Triple 000 call takers, dispatchers, volunteers, doctors, nurses and members of the public.
“Just over 30 members of NSW Ambulance staff and members of the community were acknowledged today for their incredible acts of courage,” Mrs Hancock said.
“Our own Lisa Elmas was one, showing how extraordinary her efforts were and how worthy she is of recognition.
“We are truly blessed to live on the amazing South Coast where so many residents possess an amazing community spirit and dedication to our region. Lisa Elmas is no exception. She is a true hero.”