During the height of the Queensland floods, three men from the Illawarra and one from Canberra were involved in a daring rescue, plucking a man from raging flood water at Laidley, west of Brisbane.
It was the evening of January 11, 2011, and the crew members of a Navy Sea King Helicopter were conducting evacuation operations when they spotted the man being swept along Laidley Creek.
The helicopter crew attempted to winch the man to safety, and came within reach before being forced to pull away.
The man was swept further down the river where he was able to grab hold of a tree, and was eventually winched aboard the helicopter.
Today, Governor General Quentin Bryce has announced Petty Officer Nicholas Anderson, Chief Petty Officer Kerwyn Ballico, Lieutenant Simon Paul Driessen, and Commander Scott Christopher Palmer as recipients of a Group Bravery Citation for their efforts on that day.
PO Anderson, who lives in Berry, was at the bottom of the winch as it was being lowered over the raging flood water.
Quick to refute any suggestion of remarkable bravery, PO Anderson said he and his fellow crewmen were just doing their job.
"It's a group thing," he said.
"At that point in time I'm just doing what I'm trained to do."
He said he felt "mixed emotions" about the bravery citation.
"We did as much as we could for people ... but obviously there were families that had experienced tragedies," PO Anderson said.
The official death toll of the 2010-2011 Queensland floods was 38, while six people are still considered missing.
"I'm proud and honoured for the crew's role but it's bitter sweet."
A special ceremony recognising the awarding of the citation will be held at a later date.