Jordan Rice's bravery step closer to recognition
A FATHER'S campaign to have the final brave actions of his son Jordan Rice recognised with a Cross of Valour has moved one step closer to reality.
John Tyson said the Australian Bravery Decorations Council had notified him Jordan would be officially considered for the posthumous honour.
The council next meets in November. Its recommendations are forwarded to the Governor-General who make the final ruling on the Cross of Valour.
"It's still a waiting game," Mr Tyson admitted.
"But this is the most positive news we've received.
"It would mean the world to us to have Jordan's bravery recognised this way."
Jordan's last words were "take my brother first" before he was swept to his death during the 2011 floods in Toowoomba.
His mother Donna also died when rescuers could not get to her in time when the family became stranded in floodwaters in Toowoomba.
Jordan's brother Blake survived.
An online petition titled "My son died saving his little brother - it would mean the world to us to have his bravery acknowledged" has garnered more than 280,000 signatures.
Mr Tyson said he had been stunned by the wave of support for the campaign.
"It's been overwhelming and shows us the amazing actions of a 13-year-old have not gone unnoticed."