Sailor's life saving random act of kindness

Published on Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), ABIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

Location(s): Rockingham, WA

Topic(s): Commendation

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Supply Chain Submarines Daniel Even Green, with the De-Iudicibus family after receiving a Commander Submarine Force Commendation for voluntarily assisting the family. The award was presented at the Annual Submarine Force presentations held at the Gary Holland Centre in Rockingham, Western Australia. (photo: ABIS Christopher Szumlanski)
Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Supply Chain Submarines Daniel Even Green, with the De-Iudicibus family after receiving a Commander Submarine Force Commendation for voluntarily assisting the family. The award was presented at the Annual Submarine Force presentations held at the Gary Holland Centre in Rockingham, Western Australia.
It was just part of his daily commute for HMAS Stirling based Fleet Logistics Support Element - Submarines (FLSE - SUBS) member, Able Seaman Daniel Green, when a random act of kindness on his behalf made the world of difference to the De-Iudicibus family.
 
Whilst driving home late one evening, Able Seaman Green saw Luke De-Iudicibus in the process of changing his tyre on the opposite side of the road. Hoping to be of assistance, the Maritime Logistics Supply Chain Submariner turned around and parked his car defensively to the rear of the disabled vehicle, where the De-Iudicibus family sat and waited patiently for dad to change the tyre.
 
Although no assistance was needed, Daniel remained "just in case" and that decision proved fortunate as a few moments later an alleged drunk driver veered across the road and crashed into Daniels parked car, buffering the impact from the De-Iudicibus family who were still sitting patiently in the family car.
 
Through the Defence Network, Luke was able to contact Able Seaman Green, and at the recent Submarine Force Annual Forum the two met again, providing the De-Iudicibus family with an opportunity to publicly acknowledge and thank Daniel for his efforts. 
 
"Because of one of your fine servicemen, tonight I am able to sleep in my bed. My wife and I know that on that night we had someone looking over us, and that someone was Daniel," Mr De-Iudicibus said.
 
In recognition of his act of kindness, and employing his instilled Navy values, Able Seaman Daniel Green was presented with a Commander Submarine Force Commendation.