Speakers Profile - Allan Sparkes CV VA

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Allan Sparkes CV, VA is one of Australia's most highly decorated citizens. He is one of only five Australians in the past 41 years to be awarded Australia's highest bravery decoration, the Cross of Valour, awarded for ‘acts of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril' for his part in the rescue of a small boy who had been washed 600 metres down a flooded storm water pipe at Coffs Harbour in May 1996.

In August 2016, Allan was awarded Australia's fourth highest bravery decoration, the Commendation for Brave Conduct, for his rescue of a an aboriginal man who had fallen onto train tracks at Redfern Railway Station.

In December 2012, Allan was one of only 10 Australians to be presented the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal. He is also the recipient of other significant awards for bravery, valour and service including the Royal Humane Society Galleghan Award and the New South Wales Police Commissioners Valour Award. An unfailing dedication to service Allan served for 20 years as a frontline police officer. He was involved in the horrific aftermath of the Hilton Bombing, arrested some of Australia's most notorious criminals and faced the tragedy of murdered colleagues.