Medal, Royal Humane Society of New Zealand

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A silver Royal Humane Society of New Zealand bravery medal with a bar, a blue corded ribbon and a metal pin. The front of the medal depicts and image of a masculine figure holding another figure over their shoulder while walking over rocks. Both figures are naked apart from a length of cloth draped over them. " ROYAL HUMANE SOCIETY OF NEW ZEALAND " is embossed around the edge of this scene." FOR / SAVING "LIFE " is also embossed on the medal. The reverse of the medal features a wreath design. " Awarded to / E.R.McCUTCHEON / for an act / of Bravery on / 22nd May 1959 " is engraved on the reverse. " SILVER " is stamped on the bar and edge of the medal. " M&KLD " is also stamped on the medal.
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This medal was awarded to New Plymouth man Eddie McCutcheon after he rescued 12-year-old Denise MacKie on 22 May 1959. Gale force winds had downed power lines at the entrance to Kawaroa Park and Denise was entangled in the live wires. Eddie heard her screaming and after making sure emergency services were called he kicked the wires out of the way, pulled Denise free using an oilskin coat to protect his hands and performed CPR. Mr McCutcheon later collapsed and was hospitalised as well.
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