Senior Sergeant Brian Benn is the latest recipient of the Lou Grant Memorial Trophy, presented in recognition of outstanding work in Police SAR.
Brian has dedicated more than 30 of his 39 years in Police to SAR. His name is synonymous with search and rescue in Southern District and he was instrumental in establishing the Dunedin Water Rescue Squad.
As a rescue swimmer he has undertaken numerous water rescues - including that of 10 French sailors from the capsized trimaran Groupma 3 during the 2008 Jules Verne Round the World Yacht Race.
“A lot of people go into the outdoors and sometimes - through their own fault or not - they need assistance,” he says. “SAR is about helping people when they’re having a bad day.”