Two Cowra police officers recognised for bravery

Inspector Adam Beard with Supt Paul McDonald and Leading Senior Constable Grant Terry with Western Region Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie.
Inspector Adam Beard with Supt Paul McDonald and Leading Senior Constable Grant Terry with Western Region Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie.

TWO Cowra based officers were among those to be acknowledged for their acts of bravery at Chifley Police District's awards ceremony held in Bathurst last week.

Duty Officer with Chifley Police District, Adam Beard received a citation from the Darling River Local Area Command and leading Senior Constable Grant Terry received a Certificate of Merit at the ceremony, which was attended by NSW Police Commissioner, Michael Fuller.

MC, Inspector David Abercrombie told how Inspector Beard, then a Sergeant, was instrumental in successfully resolving a hostage situation near Nyngan, back in 2006.

Inspector Beard was part of a police response to a seize at Woodburn Cottage, at the time the aggressive offender was armed with a sawn-off rifle and hunting knife and holding three persons hostage.

Over the next 39 hours general duties and specialist police, including Insp Beard, worked as a cohesive and professional team in hostile and remote conditions.

After 39 hours the siege was successfully resolved with the offender surrendering with the risk of serious injury or death averted.

Insp Beard was commended for his contribution to the outcome, and was presented with his citation by Supt Paul McDonald.

He also received a Western Region Award, in recognition of long-term consistent and professional dedication to duty as a Tactical Operator, Western Region SPSU.

Fellow officer, Leading Senior Constable Grant Terry was presented with a Certificate of Merit, in recognition for the assistance provided to a woman who had self harmed near Cowra.

Leading Senior Constable Terry undertook an extensive and difficult search of an isolated property before finding the victim, who had suffered significant knife wounds resulting in considerable blood loss.

He applied an effective tourniquet, drove the ambulance and performed resuscitation for a lengthy period after the victim went into cardiac arrest, his actions giving the victim the best chance of survival.

Another high point of the award ceremony was announcing the recipient of the Sgt Paul Quinn memorial award.

Senior Constable Philip O'Brien, of Lithgow Station was named the recipient of the award, which is Chifley Police District's highest honour.

In announcing Senior Constable Philip O'Brien's award, MC Inspector David Abercrombie said Sergeant Paul Quinn - who was killed 33 years ago while on duty at Perthville - epitomised everything a police officer should be: courageous, compassionate and devoted to duty.

Inspector Abercrombie said Senior Constable O'Brien was a worthy recipient as an officer focused on operational policing who leads by example in every aspect of his duties.