It was very satisfying to share this letter with his parents, Alan and Eileen Green, who:
🙂 Stood by him when all seemed hopeless
🙂 Supported him through all the physical & mental torment
🙂 Showed him what unconditional love is
Daryl with his parents, Alan and Eileen, after surgery in 2003
Thank you Premier Palaszczuk to help Daryl bring, 15 years after the shooting, a small piece of good news to his loving parents.
Daryl is the 2015 Kerrie Nairn Scholar. The Scholarship is awarded by the Professional Speakers Australia to assist the development of an emerging speaker to become an outstanding professional leader.
Daryl had the good fortune on 29 July 2015, to have dinner with Cam Calkoen.
Cam is a professional New Zealand speaker who is now making inroads in the USA. Cam’s amazing story is he went from doubting that he would ever be able to walk, to massively exceeding these expectations through sport, adventure and inspirational speaking. His signature message is ‘Awesome’. With a love of running, Cam and Daryl immediately hit it off, as running played and still does to this day, a huge part in Daryl’s coping with the shooting and Post Traumatic Stress.
Cam was speaking in Brisbane to a real estate conference at St Lucia and they met up afterwards at the Bavarian Beir Café, overlooking the Brisbane River and Story Bridge.
As Daryl stated his appetite with Bier (yes, that’s the German way of spelling it), a pretzel and pork belly, they discussed the professional speaking business. They talked of the good stuff – travel, beautiful locations, and amazing people, but also the downside – jet lag, time away from family, and hotel and airline food. However, they agreed, the downside pales in comparison to the high of imparting valuable knowledge, messages and lessons through stories, and inspiring people to bigger and better things.
What struck Daryl most about Cam was, he is a stellar example of not looking at barriers, but blowing past them by giving your utmost to what you want to achieve.
Cam is back to Australia, speaking on the Gold Coast in the next couple of months and Daryl will be seeing him in action.
After talking to Cam over dinner for a couple of hours, Daryl knows, if you are looking for an inspiring and motivational speaker, look no further than Cam.
The award was officially announced and published on the Governor-General’s website (www.gg.gov.au) on 19 August 2015.
The announcement stated:
GROUP BRAVERY CITATION
Awardees comprise of members of Queensland Police who were ambushed and fired upon while attending a neighbourhood dispute at West Chermside, Queensland on 1 May 2000.
Senior Sergeant Daryl Elliott GREEN
Senior Constable Sharnelle Patricia HARRIS
Sergeant Christopher John MULHALL
Sergeant Brett Andrew PRICE
In the early hours of 1 May 2000, four members of the Queensland Police Force were involved in a police shooting in West Chermside, Queensland.
Three police officers were seated inside a police vehicle at Hanbury Street, West Chermside with the passenger doors open when an offender fired a series of shots into the car, wounding all three officers before threatening to kill them. Despite suffering serious wounds one officer managed to get out of the car, draw his service revolver, and provide a line of protection for his wounded colleagues. Suffering similar wounds, another police officer used the radio to alert Police Communications of the incident. A fourth officer driving nearby heard the call for assistance and drove to the scene. He dragged the officers behind his vehicle for cover, scanned the area for the offender, and provided situation reports by radio until other police and ambulance personnel arrived. Following the shooting, the offender fled to nearby bushland and was later found deceased.
For their actions, the recipients are recognised by the award of the Group Bravery Citation.
Senior Sergeant Daryl Elliott GREEN
Queensland Police Senior Constable Sharnelle Patricia HARRIS
Queensland Police Sergeant Christopher John MULHALL
Queensland Police Sergeant
Brett Andrew PRICE Queensland Police
An Investiture Ceremony will take place in early 2016 when Daryl and his colleagues will be presented with the insignia of the award.
DARYL, CHRIS AND BRETT’S CHANNEL 9 NEWS INTERVIEW IN RELATION TO THE AWARD:
One of the largest forums ever held on Post Traumatic Stress is taking place on the 11 & 12 of September 2015, in Brisbane (ptsd15.org).
The International Forum for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 2015, brings together those involved in funding, diagnosing, treating and researching all aspects of PTSD from around the world.
Delegates will include Defence and Veterans Affairs representatives, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Medical Practitioners, Researchers, First Responders, NGOs, and members of community and professional services organisations.
Daryl is opening the morning of 12 September with a plenary keynote session i.e. all delegates.
Through the Lens of a PTS Survivor’.
‘Senior Sergeant Daryl Elliott Green as a young Constable, was ambushed and shot in the face and shoulder in the line of duty. For his actions after being shot, he was awarded the Queensland Police’s highest decoration for valour. It was also just the beginning of his Post Traumatic Stress journey. He will provide an insider’s view of the traumatic event, and the long physical and mental road to surviving Post Traumatic Stress. You will be spellbound as Daryl takes you on his journey from the events on that fateful night of being shot – twice – his facial injuries, reconstruction surgeries and the specific impacts to his mental health. Lastly, he will leave you with one lesson relating to a key turning point in his recovery, valuable to anyone supporting a person dealing with Post Traumatic Stress.’
DARYL’S PTS FORUM NEW INTERVIEWS
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