10 West Australians have been recognised in this year's Bravery Awards.

The national award, handed down by the Governor General Quentin Bryce, recognises people in the community who have risked their lives to help others.

Perth man Sean Roberts is one of the recipients of this year's award.

He helped save his parents and his wheelchair bound brother from their burning home in the 2011 Roleystone fires by guiding them through smoke and flames to a fire break behind their property.

"Dad opened the front door, that was on fire, the cars were on fire, the verandah was on fire so I grabbed my brother and threw him over my shoulder," he said.

Kevin Roberts says his brother is a deserving winner.

"If he hadn't have been there I'd be well and truly dead," he said.

"By the time we ran out there my bed here was on fire so 30 seconds and I would have been gone."

"I think about it every day."

Sean Roberts says he acted instinctively.

"At the time it wasn't really scary, you just got on with it, you had to do it, so I did it," he said.

"And when I got home and I was sitting on my balcony I thought 'yeah, that was pretty close'".

Michael Hall is was one of two firefighters who braved the flames to rescue the family.

He is also nominated for an award.

"We both didn't really think about the consequences of what we were actually doing, we just went down and did it," he said.

Both men say they are humbled and honoured to be recognised.

"Yeah it'll be straight down the pool room with that one. It's a big honour, something for the boys to take for show and tell at school," Mr Roberts said.

Other recipients of this year's award include four teachers from an Early Learning Centre in Padbury who disarmed an intruder who'd grabbed a child in the class room, a man who saved a boy from drowning at a Lancelin beach and a woman who rescued a friend who was washed off rocks at Esperance.

Altogether 21 Australians received the medal.

The Governor General Quentin Bryce described this year's winners as role models.

"It's an honour to be able to recognise their acts of selfless bravery and thank them publicly for their brave actions."

 

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