A West Australian Police Force officer has won the inaugural National Police Bravery Award for saving the lives of two little girls.
Senior Constable Stephanie Bochorsky rushed into a neighbor's home in Perth in 2015 to rescue two sisters, aged three and seven, after hearing their mother's screams for help.
The girl's father had set fire to his youngest daughter and was attempting to set his other daughter alight.
The Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton presented the bravery award to Senior Constable Bochorsky in Canberra last night.
Mr Dutton said it is important to recognise and celebrate those who put their lives on the line.
"I was pleased to attend the Police Federation of Australia's inaugural National Police Bravery Awards in recognition of exceptional acts of bravery in exceptional circumstances and I was greatly honoured to present the award to Stephanie," Mr Dutton said.
"Her heroism was truly exceptional. Without a thought for herself, she confronted a dangerous man in a dangerous situation and rescued those little girls from almost certain death.
"Stephanie's actions epitomise the very best of policing – bravery, compassion, professionalism and a commitment to duty.
"We all owe a great debt to the bravery and commitment of the dedicated police officers around the country who work tirelessly around the clock to protect us all."