January 04, 2017
The Bronze Medallion for Courage – Youth Award is awarded to any person under the age of 16 who performs a lifesaving act demonstrating courage on the West Australian coast or, in the case of a member of Surf Life Saving WA, where they may have used the skills learned through their participation in surf life saving, to perform an act demonstrating courage away from the coast.
Attending a birthday party on the 4th of January 2017, Harrison and his friend Noah were in the swimming pool when Harrison noticed his friend suffering a seizure.
Familiar with his friend’s illness, which had seen him suffer seizures and faint before, Harrison knew the signs and rushed to his unconscious friends’ aid, holding his head above the water and attempting to lift him out of the pool.
Calling for help, others in attendance were able to lift Noah out of the water to administer CPR and first aid while emergency services were called; Noah was transferred to hospital where he suffered additional cardiac arrests before being put into an induced coma.
At just 10 years of age, Harrison showed great courage and presence of mind, which the family credit to his training as a nipper at Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club, and his quick thinking ensured his friend was able to make a full recovery.