My number one supporter was there on the night, my 85 year old father Alan, who along with my late mum Eileen, unwaveringly picked up the pieces with each shattering blow, both physical and mental, that I encountered on my long journey after the shooting.
One of the themes throughout the keynote was what can come from helping people out of the sheer kindness of your heart, which Lifeline epitomises with its over 11,000 volunteers.
I role played the shooting and a number of key turning points during the 45 minute talk. Two very dear friends were present in the audience that night, Joel Palmer and Michael Alafaci, who had stepped up to help me when they saw an opportunity to assist. I was able to share Joel’s and Mike’s stories of support and the ripple effect of their pure acts of kindness.Joel owns a financial asset management business, Palmer Portfolios. He knew that I was speaking within the police and had a powerful story, but was a diamond in the rough when it came to presenting. He did not say anything to me, but he had an idea. At the opening celebration of a new business venture in 2014 he made a specific point of walking me over and introducing me to one of his friends and business associates. He said, ‘Hi Mike, I’d like you to meet Greeny, he has an interesting story.’ I told Mike about my backstory and he listened intently. It turns out Mike is an Executive Performance Coach and one of his core professional services is teaching speaking and presenting skills. A few years later, Mike confided in me saying, ‘When we met mate, I knew you had a lot to offer the world by speaking, but I also knew you could not afford my fees!’ So he made a generous decision and volunteered his time and commenced coaching me in professional speaking. Next he introduced me to Professional Speakers Australia, encouraged me to apply for The Kerrie Nairn Scholarship for Public Speaking, which I was awarded in 2015, and became an amazing friend who continues to coach me to this day.
It was an honour to recognise my father, Joel and Mike in the keynote, and tell their stories of selfless kindness, which had a powerful butterfly effect, of not only helping me to ‘keep going’, but turn a traumatic event on its head and launch me into the world of professional speaking.
Lastly it was a privilege to recognise these same types of selfless acts of kindness demonstrated by Lifeline’s employees and thousands of volunteers each day around the country, helping those members of our community who may not be as fortunate to have a support network such as mine and are doing it tough.
It is a pure joy to support Lifeline’s work. After my talk, John Brogden AM, Chairman of Lifeline Australia had these humbling words to say…
Lifeline Australia’s 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention line is 13 11 14.
Please support Lifeline’s mission of An Australia Free of Suicide through volunteering your time or making a donation.
It consisted of 15 days, 40 vehicles (military and emergency services) and covered 2,322 kilometres, bringing national awareness to Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) through mainstream and social media, as well as, raising funds for the research and treatment of the condition.
I had the privileged to speak to approximately 300 New South Wales Police Force recruits and to Australian Federal Police (AFP) at their Canberra Headquarters, on my experience of PTS.
I spoke about the history of PTS, how it was briefly touched on during my police recruit training, and the events on 1 May 2000, when I was ambushed and shot (in the face and shoulder), along with my colleagues, Constable Sharnelle Cole, and Sergeant Chris Mulhall. I told personal stories of how PTS affected me e.g. hyperarousal, anger, depression, anxiety and dreams. But most importantly, I delved into what helped me manage the debilitating affects of PTS, including the love, care and unwavering support from my parents, Alan and Eileen, as well as, understanding and support from key work colleagues such as the late Inspector Dave Stevenson, and professional help from psychologists and psychiatrists.
The AFP recorded my talk and clips of key messages can be viewed in my Video Library or here:
- ‘Workplace morale, reflection of boss, I can’t walk out’ – Australian Federal Police HQ, Canberra
- ‘Expertise at connecting with people’ – Australian Federal Police HQ, Canberra
- ‘Bringing down the wall’ – Australian Federal Police HQ, Canberra
- ‘Effects of shooting on my parents’ – Australian Federal Police HQ, Canberra
- ‘PTS, how long’s it been around?’ – Australian Federal Police HQ, Canberra
The Australian Bravery Decorations Council described the extraordinary circumstances as follows:
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 office 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.
It was a long time coming, but it was a wonderful feeling to be recognised by Her Majesty with my colleagues, for how we pulled together and acted that night, confronting every police officer’s worst nightmare.
The 5th annual Queensland Police Sergeants’ and Commissioned Officers’ Combined Annual Mess function was held in the Premier’s Hall, Parliament House. The dinner commemorated Police Remembrance Day, a day special to every police officer, particularly the families of those officers how have made the ultimate sacrifice.
The list of the fallen
Order of proceedings
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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