The bravery of Christian Dejanovic was recognised again last week, with the St Albans man posthumously awarded a bravery medal by the Governor of Victoria.
Mr Dejanovic was killed at St Albans train station on January 24, 2012, while trying to save a young girl who was moving precipitously close to the tracks and into the path of an oncoming train.
A coroner’s report that included witness accounts from a bystander and a railway employee standing behind Mr Dejanovic, say the cadet marine engineer saw the danger the young girl was in, jumped a fence, ran towards her intent on her rescue and “tragically” misjudged the speed of the train. He died instantly of his injuries.
Mr Dejanovic received the Bravery Medal at the Investiture of the Order of Australia Bravery Awards, which recognise’s acts of bravery by people whose actions put themselves in jeopardy to protect the lives or property of others.
Mr Dejanovic’s mother, Dianne, received his award on his behalf.
In March this year, Mr Dejanovic received a bravery award from Governer-General Sir Peter Cosgrove.
Speaking at the event in March, Mrs Dejanovic said it was good her son was being recognised for his actions.
“Christian has been acknowledged for his courage and very generous spirit,” she said.