Two Gympie men rewarded by governor for helping teen
ON THE evening of November 27, 2009, Mary St businessman David Phillips and youth counsellor Neil Wildman helped stop an armed killer who had stabbed a Gympie teenager with a bayonet.
Yesterday, at an investiture ceremony at Government House, Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley presented Mr Phillips with a Bravery Medal for his "considerable bravery" on that tragic afternoon, and Mr Wildman with a Commendation for Brave Conduct.
Both men have shunned the hero tag, but did not hesitate to put their lives at risk when they saw a fellow human being in mortal danger.
The small crowd of invited guests who witnessed the ceremony yesterday heard that Mr Phillips saw 15-year-old Jaxon Bradey running from Goldfields Plaza that day, shouting that he had been stabbed.
They heard Mr Phillips followed the youth and noticed he was being chased by the offender, who was carrying a bayonet.
Following him into a car park, Mr Phillips confronted the offender who then threatened him with the bayonet.
At this point, Mr Wildman was approaching the car park and noticed the two men wrestling.
After hearing a warning that one of the men had a knife, Mr Wildman ran to help the pair and tried to grab the offender, who was briefly distracted.
Mr Phillips took the opportunity to grab him from behind.
In his attempt to disarm the offender, Mr Phillips was stabbed in the back.
Mr Phillips, with Mr Wildman's help, then put the armed youth in a headlock and kept him restrained until the police arrived.
"By his actions Mr Phillips displayed considerable bravery," the crowd was told. "For his actions Mr Wildman is commended for brave conduct."