Jordan Rice honoured for bravery in Toowoomba floods
"TAKE my brother first" - Jordan Rice's final words to rescuers in rising floodwaters have been recognised with a bravery award more than five years after his death.
It is an award that means the world to his father, John Tyson, who hopes the posthumous Bravery Medal means his son's selfless actions in the 2011 flood will never be forgotten.
Mr Tyson, who also lost his wife Donna Rice in the Toowoomba disaster, accepted the award dedicated to 13-year-old Jordan at a ceremony on Friday.
More than 300,000 people signed a Change.org petition Mr Tyson launched in support of Jordan's award.
"It was the power of the people that resulted in this here today," Mr Tyson said.
Jordan was trapped on the roof of the family's car with mother Donna and 10-year-old brother Blake after they became stranded in floodwaters on January 10, 2011.
The ceremony was told Jordan had "put his brother first", telling a passer-by who swam out to help the family to save Blake.
Donna and Jordan exited the vehicle and managed to grab hold of a light pole but were swept to their deaths.
Mr Tyson also accepted a Group Bravery Citation on behalf of Jordan, Donna and Blake at the Australian Bravery Decorations ceremony at Government House.
An emotional Mr Tyson said he was honoured to accept the awards on their behalf and it had been an "up and down" emotional journey for him and Blake.
He set up the Jordan Rice Foundation in 2013. It aims to help people cope with grief and he hopes to open a retreat to support families who are dealing with loss.
"We want to do our best to help anyone who needs it."