Australind man Mark Haddrill is set to receive an Australian Bravery Award for his efforts to save a local bus driver alongside 12-year-old Anita Ettridge. Photo: Ivy James YoungAnita Ettridge will never forget the dayshetook on a 13-year-old boy who wieldeda machete at an unsuspecting bus driver in Australind.

On the morning of March 30 last year, 12-year-old Anita Ettridgewason herway to schoolwhen the young boy stabbedthe bus driver in the chest at the bus stop on Mado Avenue. Jumping out of her seat to the aid the 69-year-old bus driver, a fearlessMiss Ettridge grabbed hold ofhis arm and forcedthe knife into a slot near the door.

“In the first few moments that felt like hours, I just stood there staring in horror and fear, with a sensation that felt like fire burning inside me and the bus had an uncomfortable silence,” Miss Ettridgesaid.

“In what felt like a heartbeat, I was standing next to the offender, putting his arm into a locking position.”

Australind man Mark Haddrill was at the nearby medical centre when two witnesses called upon him to help.

Without a moment of hesitation, he raced to the bus and upon arrival found Miss Ettridgepinning the boy’s hand and knife against the hand rail of the bus door.

“Anita was holding on for grim death, her hands were white from holding on –she did a great job,” he said.

“There were some big kids on the bus, some boys, but they weren’t going anywhere near it.I grabbed a hold of the boy’sarmso he couldn’t do anymore and did what I could to get the knife off him and the police arrived about 15 minutes later.”

Ayear later, the brave pair are receiving Australian Bravery Awards from the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove.

Mr Haddrillsaid he was no hero and did what anyone else would have done.

“You think about the police and the ambos –they do this kind of thing everyday and they don’t get an award they just get a salary,” he said.

“I’m no hero, Anita is the real hero.”

Miss Ettridgesaid she has become good friends with the bus driver and was really glad to hear Mr Haddrillwas receiving a bravery award too.

“Even though he was in one of the buildings, he came out and saved all of us and for that I am very grateful to him,” she said.

“I still remember the police jokingly saying “Well, your (a) little small to be a hero” which made me laugh through my tears.

“I hope my actions show everyone they are more capable of things than they know.”

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