A silver medal for bravery was pinned on the chest of Wangaratta’s Sergeant Scott Bradley on Wednesday.
The officer traveled to Government House in Melbourne with his family, on the day after his birthday, to receive the honour from the Royal Humane Society of Australasia.
He was recognised for his brave actions of jumping into the Ovens River in November 2014 to save an elderly Vietnamese man, who suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease, from drowning.
It took some ability to swim against the strong current, an ability to communicate with a scared man, and a children’s blow up dinghy to successfully complete the rescue.
Sergeant Bradley said he was humbled and proud to receive the award.