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Amputch Gets President’s Cross

Peter Amputch, who made headlines in August for risking his life to save three students from a bus which tumbled at Pacific Harbour, was awarded the President’s Cross yesterday. Mr
17 Oct 2015 09:26
Amputch Gets President’s Cross
Presdients Cross receipient Peter Neville Amputch and his wife Anisi Amputch after the Order of Fiji Investiture Ceremony at Government House yesterday. PHOTO JONA KONATACI.

Peter Amputch, who made headlines in August for risking his life to save three students from a bus which tumbled at Pacific Harbour, was awarded the President’s Cross yesterday.

Mr Amputch was honoured with the highest of the President’s medals for his bravery.

He received electrical shock as he fought to save the students from power lines and was hospitalised for weeks.

The accident happened on August 21. It claimed the life of a woman. The children were returning from the Milo Kaji rugby tournament in Suva.

The President’s Cross is awarded for acts of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril.

Mr Amputch was among 28 Fijians yesterday who were awarded medals by the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, under the Order of Fiji in recognising of their achievement or meritorious service.

“My reaction when I was called was “why I should get it because there are other people who have done other things more than what I did.

“But then I said I will do it for everybody who was part of the accident. This is one way they also can be part of this occasion,” Mr Amputch said.

He dedicated the medal to the students who were involved in the accident.

“It was very touching and I thank the Lord that I am still here. This award it goes out to everybody who was involved in the accident. It is not only for me, but it is for all those rugby boys from Serua and for my family for being there for me.”

Mr Amputch described the experience as one of the most life threatening moments of his life.

Recalling the accident, he said: “When we saw the accident, we managed to get off then I told my wife and teachers who were accompanying the students to try and help everybody and for us to go our separate ways. When we went our separate ways the bus was on our side. On the side, there was a boy who was yelling out, so I climbed up and managed to pull him out and I managed to also pull two more out and then I got shocked by the electric wire,” he said.

As a result of the impacts from the shock, he suffered burns to his arms and other parts of his upper body.

Mr Amputch spent three weeks in hospital and about two months to recover at home.

He is a logistic assistant at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He resumed work last Tuesday.

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