Oasis Employees Honoured with Bravery Awards

Published on Saturday, 4 December 2021 at 7:00:00 AM

Staff from the Goldfields Oasis have been recognised as part of the 2021 Royal Life Saving WA Bravery Awards for their outstanding lifesaving actions at a special event at the Oasis this Thursday.

The Bravery Awards celebrate people in our community who have performed a rescue and/or resuscitation, applying their knowledge to save another’s life.

Jack Cusick, Josh O’Brien, Clint Kelleher and Kali Barnes were awarded for their response to an emergency at the centre in May 2021, when patron Rain Hao collapsed while playing basketball.

The staff members immediately attended the scene, performed CPR and administered shocks from a defibrillator. Mr. Hao was treated in hospital and fully recovered from the incident.

Mr. Hao addressed the crowd at the Oasis, saying that while he cannot clearly remember the events of that day he cannot thank the lifeguards enough.

“To these two young men – your heroic deed gave me a second chance at life – for my wife and kids. Thank you is not enough,” said Mr. Hao.

Acting CEO David Trevaskis said this is an incredibly proud moment for the City and reminded those in attendance that while recreational sport is a great source of fun there is always an element of risk.

“The quick and calm reaction of these brave people saved someone’s life and it is a reflection on the training and capability of the whole Oasis team,” said Mr. Trevaskis.

On top of the Bravery Commendation, Jack Cusick and Josh O’Brien were presented with the Royal Life Saving’s Gold Star in recognition of performing life saving measures.

(left to right) Clint Kelleher, Jack Cusick, Rain Hao and son, Josh O’Brien, and Kali Barnes.

Acting CEO David Trevaskis presenting an award to recipient Josh O’Brien.

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