Five Queenslanders from Queensland Police Service and Queensland Health have been named QPCU’s (Queensland Police Credit Union) 2015 Everyday Heroes Awards recipients for their contributions to the community.

The award recipients were selected from a shortlist of 15 finalists, who all took centre stage at the Queensland University of Technology on Wednesday after being nominated by their family, friends, work colleagues and community members.

“All entrants, finalists and recipients in this year’s QPCU 2015 Everyday Heroes Awards have been nothing short of remarkable,” QPCU CEO Grant Devine said.

“Today’s Awards Ceremony celebrated the work of five unsung heroes who have been going above and beyond the call of duty to help others in their community.

“The QPCU Everyday Heroes Awards has been an important vehicle to recognise and reward the work undertaken right across Queensland by public servants, including those from the Queensland Police Service, Queensland Health, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and the Queensland Ambulance Service.

“Whilst it may not be visible to the general public, they are out in our community each and every day, protecting and serving us. These awards are just one way the Queensland community have been able to acknowledge and say thanks for the work that they do.”

Each award recipient across five categories — Dedication, Working Together, Excellence, Ownership and Achievement — were presented a $1,000 prize, with a further $1,000 donated to the charity of their choice.

The Dedication award was given to Mrs Dale Frieberg from Brisbane, an Inspector who has served with the Queensland Police Service for over 25 years. She is an avid contributor to the Leukaemia Foundation, raising over $17,000 to date.

The Working Together award was given to Mr Paul Jackson from Central West Queensland, a Queensland Police Service officer stationed in the remote town of Bedourie and known for his strong sense of community spirit. He established the first community gym in Bedourie.

The Excellence award was given to Mr Nigel Allsopp from the Gold Coast, a Firearms and Explosive Detection dog handler with the Explosive Ordnance Response Team who is also the founder and director of the Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation. He’s currently working with the Prime Minister’s Office to secure permanent war animal memorials at Kokoda and Gallipolli.

The Ownership award was given to Mr Mark McDonnell from Brisbane, a Queensland Health worker who established a charity, Community Friends, which supports the homeless and disadvantaged. Every Wednesday at 4pm, Mark organises free food for the homeless. He gave away over 55,000 meals last year.

Finally, the Achievement award was given to Mr Terrence Armstrong from Logan City. A Sergeant at the Logan Tactical Crime Squad, Terrance was nominated for his enormous contributions to the community, which include raising over $280,000 for Mater Little Miracles.