Stories of heroism in Oz...


Blake 10 yrs. and his elder brother Jordan 13 yrs...

Hi There,

Australia floods : Swept to his death, Jordan the boy who told rescuers to "Save my brother first" was confirmed to have died ...

A thirteen year old boy who put his brother's life before his own was one of the 12 people confirmed to have died in the floods. Jordan Rice, 13, was killed in the city of Toowoomba, 80 miles west of Brisbane, as his family car was swamped. The teenager had insisted that rescuers take his 10 year-old brother Blake first.

"I had the boy [Blake] in one hand, the rope in the other. I wasn't going to let go but then the torrent came through and was pulling us down," said Warren McErlean, a rescue worker. "Then this great big tall fellow just came out of nowhere, bear hugged us and ripped us out of the water. When I got back [carrying Blake], I turned and the rope snapped and the car just flipped."

"Jordan was swept off," said John Tyson, 46, Ms Rice's partner of 30 years and Jordan's father. "As soon as he went, Donna just let go, you know, trying to clutch at Jordan. The poor little bugger, they just both drowned." He added: "He [the rescue worker] went to grab Jordan first, who said, 'Save my brother'. I can only imagine the fear coursing through his body."He won't go down with any fanfare or anything like that - I don't think anyone will even wear a black armband for him - but he's just the champion of all champions, a family hero."

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The perils of staying to meet the flood have been illustrated in countless stories of people swept to their deaths. Locals in the town of Grantham mourned Joshua Ross, a child care worker, who had declared he would remain in the family home to save his wheelchair-bound mother.

The house collapsed, killing Mr Ross, his mother and her partner. Distressed neighbours could only watch as a body fitting Mr Ross's description later floated past the Grantham Hotel. Such dangers meant that most residents of Milton were moving early to higher ground. Outside almost every house, a pick-up truck was parked in the drive, being hastily filled with sofas, children's toys and televisions. People not affected by the flooding walked the streets, calling out offers of help to anyone who looked like they might need it.

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Isn't it really incredible that in the face of dangers some people seem to be able to disregard all concern for themselves and perform deeds of great heroism - I hope and pray that their courage and concern for others in this life is repaid in full in the next... God Bless Them.

Love and Peace, Kate xxx.