THE selfless traits of society's senior generation were no better exemplified than when Robert "Foley" Barron and Ron Scheuerle stopped to investigate a wisp of smoke.

Their brave actions in saving a sleeping woman and her child from a house fire two years ago were recognised yesterday in a ceremony at Government House.

The Oakey residents were on their way to get a bowl of hot soup at a TOMnet meeting on June 10, 2011, when they noticed smoke coming from a house on the corner of Aubigny Rd and Delray St.

"So we went down a bit further and I said to Foley 'spin around, we're going back to look. There is something not adding up'," Mr Scheuerle said.

Mr Barron ran up the front steps and banged on the door to wake a woman and her child who were sleeping inside.

"The door had tin in it," Mr Barron, 84, said.

"Otherwise I might not have woken her."

Meanwhile, Mr Scheuerle ran around the back where he confirmed the fire was burning.

"I was going to fly up the sidesteps, kick the door open and go through the house that way to make sure there was nobody in there but the fire was so intense you just couldn't do it," Mr Scheuerle, 85, said.

They were both proud to receive a certificate of merit from the Queensland Governor as part of the Royal Humane Society of Australasia 2011/2012 bravery awards.

"We didn't expect it."



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