Morley man receives Royal Life Saving Bravery Award for role after emergency


Kerrin Girando, Chris Girando and daughter Amberley Girando (24). Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Kerrin Girando, Chris Girando and daughter Amberley Girando (24). Picture: Andrew Ritchie

A MORLEY resident who showed bravery in an emergency was recognised at the Royal Life Saving Bravery Awards today.

In April, Chris Girando (46) was driving on Russell Street in Morley and saw an accident where a bus and a motorbike collided outside Officeworks.

Mr Girando did not see anyone performing first aid so he pulled over, performed CPR for six minutes and managed others to help with the victim’s wounds.

However, the 45-year-old victim passed away in hospital.

Mr Girando, who was awarded a gold medallion, said while he was honoured to receive the award it was “insignificant” compared to other winners.

“I recognise that there are many people out there just willing to give up their time to put themselves out to help others in need… I was just doing my little part,” he said.

“I am getting the achievement but it was a sad outcome for the gentleman involved and it was amazing to just to hear all the other achievements that the other people received for this (award) as well.”

Mr Girando said he felt calm at the time of the accident and put his lengthy first aid experience to use.

“The training kicked in and I started to logically think the process through and consider all the things that were going around and got a few people to do jobs that I could not do while I was doing CPR,” he said.

He said the situation inspired him to encourage others to learn first aid.

Royal Life Saving Society of WA chief executive Peter Leaversuch said each recipient displayed courage by applying his or her lifesaving skills.

“The bravery and commitment of these individuals in saving lives is an excellent example to all Western Australians and deserves our highest recognition,” he said.

“It sends the strongest message possible about the importance of obtaining lifesaving skills.

“As we approach another summer I encourage everyone to think about how they might, in their own way, make a contribution to drowning prevention, and saving lives.”