Take my brother first
It was early on a Monday afternoon when Jordan, mum Donna and little brother Blake set out across town to run some errands - just like many other families going about their business. It was raining that day, just as it had for weeks on end before. Donna stopped her car at a red light at the intersection of James & Kitchener Streets, here the car stalled. Although at this point there was only surface water on the road, little did they
know that without warning, a torrent of water was about to strike through the
heart of the intersection taking the lives of both Donna and Jordan in its
There were many brave civilian attempts to
save Jordan and Donna however the water was just too angry, too fierce to save
them all. Blake, aged just 11 who bared witness to this horrific scene was
rescued by two men, Warren Mcerlean and Chris Skeehan. Blake had survived only as a result of their
brave efforts and after Jordan had insisted that they take his brother first.
Spirit of the Anzac Award
In April of 2011 Jordan was awarded The
Spirit of the ANZAC Award. The award is
presented each year to a member of the community who demonstrates characteristics
shown by the ANZACS. Toowoomba RSL Sub-branch president Lindsay Morrison said
the decision to present Jordan with the award was unanimous.
In order to receive the award, the recipient must show initiative, courage, honour, selflessness, mateship, personal sacrifice, perseverance or endurance.
“It is the first time we have presented a posthumous award and when Jordan Rice was nominated the decision was unanimous, he displayed all these qualities and payed the ultimate price,” Mr Morrison said.
We are so proud and believe that Jordan displayed each of these qualities and encapsulated precisely what the Spirit of ANZAC Award' stands for.