Thursday, January 12, 2006

Injured Police Officer Heroic

A NORTHERN Territory (Australia) police officer seriously injured when she went to help victims of a fatal bus crash in Egypt was heroic, NT Police Commissioner Paul White said today. Senior Constable Carmen Butcher, 29, received a dislocated hip and fractured pelvis when a roof collapsed as she helped a seriously injured passenger.

Two other NT police, Superintendents Jeanette Kerr and Helen Braam, escaped injury when they went to the aid of crash victims.

All three women were in a second coach travelling behind the one that overturned near Cairo.

"It would seem that Jeanette was lucky enough to just get out of the way when the roof of the bus collapsed, but Carmen wasn't so lucky," Commissioner White told ABC Radio.

"It would certainly seem that her efforts, and in fact the efforts of all the territory police, were pretty heroic after you can imagine the shock of this."

Sen Con Butcher was expected to be operated on shortly, and could be back in Australia within a week, he said.

"Both Helen and Jeanette have ... taken the decision not to continue with their holiday ... and are standing by to assist Carmen and in fact other Australians injured in this terrible tragedy."

NT Chief Minister Clare Martin wished Sen Con Butcher a "speedy recovery", and offered her condolences to the families of those killed in the crash.

"There is something about being on a holiday ... of a lifetime and then an awful tragedy like this happening," she told ABC Radio.

"Certainly, I think all Territorians feel for those Victorian police officers and the others who have died in this crash."

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