Simon Robert Ross of Port Macquarie has received a commendation for brave conduct in the annual Australian Bravery Awards for an incident eight years ago.
In the early hours of September 1, 2009, Mr Ross (then Detective Senior Constable with New South Wales Police) attended an armed robbery incident at a hotel in Canley Heights, New South Wales.
Det Snr Cst Ross and his colleague were alerted to a robbery taking place and immediately made their way to the scene. At the front of the hotel they observed the offenders moving around inside.
The officers drew their weapons as the offenders, who were both armed with guns, approached the front doors of the hotel holding a hostage.
Det Snr Cst Ross’ colleague shouted for the men to put down their weapons.
At this point the second offender aimed his rifle directly at his colleague who then discharged a single shot in the man's direction. The offender wasn't wounded but fell against a wall and dropped his weapon.
Det Snr Cst Ross was then able to discharge a shot at the other offender, hitting him and allowing the hostage to break free.
The officers then secured the offenders until police backup arrived. For his actions, Mr Ross is commended for brave conduct.