To infinity and beyond: Space pilot saves trapped grandma
A YOUNG space pilot has gone beyond the call of duty and rescued a woman and her grandson trapped inside their own house.
Aaron Robertson, Year 11 student at Centenary Heights School and member of the Rangeville Community Church Space Pilots club, heard the cries for help from a bathroom window when he was walking home from school.
"I walked over to the window and found a woman trapped in the bathroom," he said.
On entering the house, he found the door handle had fallen apart and was told by the distressed resident there was a spare door handle which Aaron used to finally open the door. He was awarded a bravery medallion for his efforts which club leader Barry Whisson said was the "first ever" to be awarded.
"We decided this needed to be acknowledged," Mr Whisson said.
"He was like a Good Samaritan."
While the science activities and excursions that form the mixed program of the space pilots club didn't necessarily prepare Aaron for a situation like this, he said they were taught to always help their neighbour.
The club, established in 1965, is the only one of its kind in Toowoomba and currently has about 50 members from Year 3 to Year 12.