“Huge Privilege”: Officers Who Arrested March 15 Shooter Receive Bravery Prizes

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The two police officers who put an end to the murderous rampage of the March 15 mosque gunman by hitting his vehicle and then stopping him played down their exploits after receiving the New Zealand Bravery Awards.

Chief agents Jim Manning and Scott Carmody were among 10 men who put their lives in danger without hesitation on March 15, 2019 after the Al Noor Mosque on Deans Ave and the Linwood Islamic Center were targeted by a lone terrorist, who killed 51 members of the Muslim community.

Both officers were honored to receive the New Zealand Bravery Decoration today for outstanding acts of bravery in a situation of danger.

“To receive this honor is a huge privilege, but any police officer in this situation would have done the same,” Manning said.

Carmody said the couple wanted to thank the victims of the attacks as well as their colleagues who were also working that day.

“The victims and their loved ones will always be at the heart of our concerns. And there were many, many people involved in the response, including many of our fellow police officers, ”he said.

“This award is really for each of our colleagues involved in this response. All were ready to put themselves in danger, and it could have been any of them who encountered that car that day.

Police Commissioner Andrew Coster added that the honors were a welcome recognition of the extreme courage shown by the two officers that day.

“As police officers we prepare for the worst and hope it never happens, but on March 15, 2019 the worst really happened in Christchurch.

“Senior Constables Carmody and Manning put themselves in extreme danger to stop the shooter and prevent further damage to the community.

“I am proud and delighted to see the bravery and skill of these experienced frontline officers recognized by the nation through these awards. “

Canterbury District Commander’s Superintendent John Price also praised the couple, who had participated in a day of gun training when the tragedy unfolded.

“I am immensely proud of Jim and Scott – their quick and clear thinking has definitely saved lives. Our communities are safer because of their knowledge, their experience and, of course, their bravery.

“Jim and Scott are incredibly humble, but these awards are an important symbol of more than just two heroic people, they say something about who we are as New Zealanders.

“Those who responded, from community members to police and other first responders, are true heroes. We honor them all today.

“I also want to acknowledge the large number of police, local and national, who were also involved in the days, weeks and months following these horrific attacks.”

Manning joined the New Zealand police in 1987; Carmody in 1993. Both have worked in the Canterbury District for 28 years.

The New Zealand Bravery Decoration is the third highest Bravery Award after the New Zealand Cross and the New Zealand Star of Bravery.

The officers were among 10 people who received New Zealand Bravery Decorations on Thursday in recognition of their role in the tragic events of March 15, 2019 at Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Center, which left 51 people dead.

  • The New Zealand Bravery Decoration – NZBD

Principal agents
Jim Manning and Scott Carmody

For an exceptional act of bravery in a situation of danger

Manning and Carmody were on a day of training when they learned of a shooting at Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Center.

They looked at the gunman’s options and looked into what they believed was his possible exit from town.

They observed a vehicle matching the description of the gunman’s vehicle slipping through traffic and followed it. They intentionally collided with him and came out with their guns.

Manning pointed his gun at the shooter; Cover provided by Carmody. Manning forcibly removed the gunman from behind the vehicle; the two officers then dragged him a short distance, handcuffed him and tied him up.

  • The New Zealand Cross – NZC

Dr Naeem Rashid (posthumously)
For an act of great bravery in a situation of extreme danger

Dr Rashid saw shots fired at a group of men in the prayer hall of Al Noor Mosque and ran towards the gunman, who shot him in the shoulder.

Rashid collided with the gunman, grabbed him and knocked him to the ground. As the shooter fell, he turned the rifle and again shot Rashid, who was now lying on the ground, killing him.

Due to Rashid’s actions, the shooter’s attention was temporarily diverted and at least seven people were able to escape through a broken window.

Rashid showed great courage and bravery in challenging the shooter, with complete disregard for his own safety, and in so doing he allowed others to selflessly escape, at the cost of his own life.

  • The New Zealand Cross – NZC

Abdul Aziz Wahabzadah
For an act of great bravery in a situation of extreme danger

Abdul Aziz saw the gunman running to his car to retrieve a loaded semi-automatic rifle at the Linwood Islamic Center.

He left the mosque and threw an Eftpos machine at the shooter, who fired three shots at Aziz. Aziz found an abandoned rifle and shouted to distract from the shooter.

The shooter saw Aziz carrying the gun, dropped his gun, ran to his car, and drove off. His actions dissuaded the gunman from returning to this mosque to kill and maim other people and ultimately forced the gunman to flee.

  • The New Zealand Bravery Decoration – NZBD

Liam beale
For an exceptional act of bravery in a situation of danger

Liam Beale was driving on Deans Ave when he heard gunshots and saw a man fall in the middle of the road. He left his car with a first aid kit, moved the man several yards to safety and applied a traumatic bandage to the gunshot wounds.

Beale then examined other victims, assessing the severity of their injuries and moving them to less exposed positions. He put his own life in danger, courageously seeking victims, helping them and bringing them to safety, while
the shooter was active in the area.

  • The New Zealand Bravery Decoration – NZBD

Ziyaad Shah
For an exceptional act of bravery in a situation of danger

Ziyaad Shah purposely grabbed the man next to him and protected him with his body as the gunman opened fire in Al Noor Mosque.

Shah was shot twice and pretended to be dead, urging the man he was protecting to stay calm and do the same.

He lay on top of him as the shooter continued to fire. Shah’s selfless actions to protect his worship companion have demonstrated exceptional bravery.

  • New Zealand Medal of Bravery – NZBM

Lance Bradford
For an act of bravery

Lance Bradford was driving his utility vehicle along Deans Avenue when he saw a dozen people lying on the ground in distress. He stopped and walked towards the Al Noor Mosque, hearing gunshots and people screaming. Bradford found a man and a young girl, both of whom had been shot.

He helped the man while Liam Beale (above) looked after the girl.

They planned an evacuation for some of the injured as ambulances could not enter the immediate scene despite being unsecured. Bradford used his vehicle to transport the victims to Christchurch Hospital.

  • New Zealand Medal of Bravery – NZBM

Wayne Maley and Michael Robinson
For an act of bravery

Wayne Maley and Michael Robinson were driving in a ute along Deans Ave when they saw the shooter shoot a gun and people fall.

Maley realized the gravity of the situation and swung his vehicle across the road to block traffic as it approached the mosque. Robinson steered motorists away from the scene. They encountered several victims and rescued. They could see ambulances at a cordon point on Deans Ave, but knew they would not be allowed to enter the area.

They joined other people helping nearby to plan an evacuation of four victims inside the cordon and continued to provide assistance to the victims until paramedics arrived.

  • New Zealand Medal of Bravery – NZBM

Marc Miller
For an act of bravery
Mark Miller and a colleague were driving along Deans Avenue when they heard gunshots and saw people being shot. They parked about 100 meters from Al Noor Mosque.

Miller ran to the first victim he saw. He tried to move the man, could not and stayed to provide comfort and assistance.

Another man approached Miller and helped move the injured man to the side. They administered first aid until the victim died shortly after.

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