What Do You All Think About This?
by, Jun 19 2012 at 08:38 PM (205 Views)
A man was one of several CFA volunteers to helped to rescue an elderly lady from her burning home on Black Saturday, and was jailed a few months later for a shocking attack on his partner, which she believes caused her to miscarry.
He was awarded with a medal for bravery, but after protests from his former partner, and the public, he was stripped of his award:
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/mor...-1226402373527A WIFE-basher has been stripped of his medal for his heroics on Black Saturday.
The Royal Humane Society of Australasia yesterday revoked the Certificate of Merit awarded to Paul McCuskey after crisis talks led to a unanimous decision.
McCuskey was one of a several CFA volunteers who saved an elderly woman at Cambarville during the 2009 disaster.
But just months after the rescue he was jailed for dragging from bed his pregnant partner, Jeannie Blackburn, and kicking her in the stomach - an attack which she believes caused her to miscarry.
Last night the victim said the community's outrage against against domestic violence led to the ruling and "an incredible victory".
"I was devastated when I heard that Paul had been publicly rewarded for bravery - it seemed crazy that a man could be acknowledged for his public deeds when behind closed doors he had been so violent," she said.
I think that what he did to his wife was appalling, but the award is not related to what he did to her. Its an award to say how brave her was for helping to save the life of an elderly woman, on the worst day in Australia's history. His actions that day are not relevant to his actions against his former partner, and I think he should not have been stripped of his medal. He deserves recognition for what he did that day, and I find it shameful that so many people believe otherwise.