Aussies awarded for acts of bravery

Twenty Australians are to be awarded for exceptional acts of bravery, including sacrificing their own lives to save others from attack and dragging people from burning homes and cars.

One of the Royal Humane Society of Australasia recipients, police officer Scott Bradley, will be awarded a Silver Medal on Wednesday for rescuing an Alzheimer's patient found drowning in Wangaratta River.

Victorian man Timothy Leeming will receive a Bronze Medal for freeing a woman from the wreck of her burning car in the state's west in 2015.

Roger Bertocci, from Melbourne, will be awarded one of two Posthumous Medals after he died while intervening in an attack on an expectant mother in 2014.

Seven men will receive Certificates of Merit for preventing a number of suicides, including at Brisbane's International Airport in 2013.

The awards be presented by Victorian Governor Linda Dessau at Melbourne's Government House.

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