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Pes Fa’aui Honoured For Bravery In Waitakere City

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22 December 2005

(For Immediate Release)
Pes Fa’aui Honoured For Bravery


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Waitakere City Council parking officer Pes Fa’aui has received a citation for bravery.

The award was presented by Mayor Bob Harvey and Deputy Mayor Carolynne Stone at last night’s City Council meeting.

Pes has been hailed a hero after subduing a man who wounded shop workers and fatally stabbed an elderly shopper recently in the Henderson Township. The citation reads: “Presented for outstanding bravery, above and beyond the call of duty”.

In accepting the honour Pes acknowledged the victim of the knife attack and his grieving family. He also said that he was “deeply honoured and humbled” by the award.

“I have been labelled a ‘hero’ nearly every day since the incident. But that term is not for me. With due respect, the real heroes in our community, I believe, are those that have fought for this country- and especially those that died in the process. And also our emergency services- the fire, ambulance, police, and hospital staff all of whom, while we are in the comfort of our home or office are dealing with incidents daily that we may never see or hear about.”

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