A 13-year-old student from Risdon Park Primary School has been awarded for her courageous efforts displayed on Mother’s Day when she and her mother Bek were first on the scene of a car crash on Germein Gorge Road.
Makenzie Wilkes, who was 12 at the time, displayed tremendous courage and selflessness in her help and support to the family involved, Superintendent Damian Powell explained.
“Her actions and service are a credit to her and are very much appreciated by the police and emergency service officers and the community who responded”, he said.
Bek Kirk and Makenzie Wilkes were travelling along the road in Bangor when they encountered the fatality and serious injury.
They were first on the scene and were confronted with difficult and traumatic circumstances that very few people ever experience.
The single vehicle involved in the crash was carrying a family of a mother and her children, some of whom were trapped after the crash.
Tragically, one member of this family died and another was seriously injured and Makenzie and her mother rendered immediate help and support to the family while emergency services were still responding to the scene.
Makenzie took initiative and comforted the younger children who were in the car. She says she put a blanket around them to keep them warm and then they just talked about happy things.
Makenzie was surprised when the award was presented in front of her whole school on Thursday, July 7.
Her family was in the crowd and her mother, who was with her on the day, said how proud she was of her daughter.
“I am very proud of her,” Bek Kirk said.
“It was very traumatic and a little bit confronting knowing that emergency services were a little way away.
“I think it was about 40 minutes.
“We did the best we could.”
It was very traumatic and a little bit confronting knowing that emergency services were a little way away.Bek Kirk, mother
The Marlow family from Orroroo who were affected by the crash are still fundraising to help their son Levi who will have on-going hospital costs.
If you would like to donate to the family, go to their Go Fund Me page.
Police and road safety authorities encourage motorists to drive safely during the school holidays.