Young Flood Victim Remembered As A Hero Five Years On
The Queensland teenager who insisted rescuers save his younger brother first before being swept to his death during the 2011 floods will be posthumously awarded a bravery medal.
The actions of Jordan Rice, 13, were among the most poignant to emerge from the floods that killed 35 people in what came to be known as the state's summer of sorrow.
The teenager, who couldn't swim, was trapped on the roof of the family's car in rising floodwaters that January in Toowoomba, along with his mother Donna and 10-year-old brother Blake.
When passer-by Chris Skehan finally arrived, Jordan said: "take Blake first".
They were to be his last words.
Photo: Black Rice and John Tyson with then Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Mrs Rice, 43, and Jordan were swept to their deaths.
Jordan's father John Tyson will on Friday be presented with a posthumous bravery medal for his son at Government House by Queensland Governor Paul De Jersey.
"I am determined more than ever to keep Jordan's legacy alive and in turn pay forward the kindness and generosity afforded to us via the Jordan Rice Foundation," Mr Tyson wrote this week on a Change.org petition to have his son's bravery recognised.
"The battle may be a challenge, yet my burning desire to help others who may find themselves in similar circumstances to me will never wane - no one should ever be left to fall by the wayside."
Mr Tyson also thanked supporters of the petition, which attracted over 306,000 signatures, and said each one should also take a small piece of the award.