A police officer, two teenage girls and a local firefighter have been honoured for rescuing a girl swept away in floodwaters in Canberra's north.

In October 2012 Zartash Sarwar, 13, was washed into Yerrabi Pond at Gungahlin while trying to cross a path running on top of an overflowing culvert.

Her friend Emily De Geir and local fire station officer Neil Maher will receive a Bravery Cross after jumping in and pulling her to safety.

Mr Maher says the award is humbling.

"The reward of seeing the girls afterwards and seeing they pulled through and seeing the look on their families, nothing could match that," he said.

Sean Hodges from Royal Life Saving says Mr Maher was off duty when he jumped into the water to assist the girls.

"She wasn't able to keep the young girl afloat and fortunately the off duty firefighter was walking past and he managed to help as well by putting himself in great danger," he said.

"Together they managed to get the young girl out of the water and perform CPR and revive her."

Ms Sarwar says she blacked out in the water.

"I was trying to get my head over water, but I was panicking," she said.

"I didn't know what to do, or how to get out of there I tried to bring my head over water but I couldn't."

Constable Paul Reynolds will receive the CPR medal while Tessa Blight will receive a commendation for calling triple zero.

Organisations who have made contributions to water safety will also be recognised.

 

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