Courage under fire

Serge Rosato with a fireman

Serge Rosato, the principal of a Blue Mountains Catholic primary school, was hailed as a hero for leading his pupils and staff to safety in the face of a raging bushfire and honoured by the Pope. Here he is interviewed by Richard Fidler on ABC.

- ABC Radio

Serge heads St Thomas Aquinas Primary School in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, where he also lives. The son of Italian migrants, his parents expected him to become an engineer but he knew education was his true vocation.

One day in October 2013, Serge saw a line of bushfires racing towards the school. He and his teaching staff had to evacuate their six hundred pupils, and keep them calm as they walked past the fires to safety in a nearby shopping centre.

Once there, Serge sang to keep the kids happy. He knew that even as he did so, fires were heading for his family home. Serge was awarded a Gold Papal Medal in November 2014, which he was pleased to be able to accept in the presence of his close-knit community.

To listen to the interview in full, CLICK HERE.

To read more, CLICK HERE.


Bushfire hero Serge Rosato awarded medal from the Pope (Blue Mountains Gazette)

Archbishop-elect Presents Papal Medal for Bushfire Bravery (Archdiocese of Sydney)

IMAGE credit: Principal Serge Rosato (right) shares a light moment before the ceremony with Faulconbridge brigade volunteer Vincent Hurley / Blue Mountains Gazette.

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