Darrell Tree CV
First recipient of the Cross of Valour
In 1982 Darrell completed a First Aid and St John Ambulance course. Playing football for Rovers B grade for 5 years 1971-1975, the team won three grand finals. Darrell joined the CFS in 1977 - being Captain of the Mt Damper Fire Brigade for 25 years. He completed 10 CFS certificates in training and is still a member today.
In 1988 Darrell and his nephew tried valiantly to rescue his neighbour and his neighbour’s 3 year old son after their 4 wheel drive crane struck overhead power lines. They were able to save 3-year old Ryan.
Apart from being badly electrocuted 3 times Darrell also suffered psychological trauma, 3 fractured vertebrae, 40% burns to his body requiring 96 stitches to burnt areas on his arms, back and feet (where doctors removed burnt skin and flesh), two skin grafts and also had his small toe amputated. He also suffered blurred vision for several weeks after the event.
For his courage, Darrell was awarded the first Cross of Valour, the highest civilian award in Australia.