Bravery award after foiling two stabbings, carjackings

NOT hesitating for a second, Westfield security guard Sam Saraya swung into action saving a life and foiling a robbery when he saw a man stab a woman in the Liverpool shopping centre carpark as he tried to grab her keys and bag.

The woman was the first of two he saved on May 29, 2019, with the Greenacre resident recognised along with two other security guards with a Group Bravery Citation for their courageous actions.
“When I saw the offender trying to steal her car, I ran over and smashed him from the back,” Sam said.
“We both fell and he took off into Bathurst Street and quickly attempted to steal another car by putting his knife to another woman’s throat.
“I reached him and banged his head into the car door until he dropped the 30cm knife.
“The other guards held him until police arrived.
“He told police his methadone had worn off and he needed to steal cash and a car to buy some ice.”
Sadly, Sam suffered nerve damage in his neck when he fell and has not been able to return to work.
“I don’t regret what I did, I just wish I was well enough to get back to work. I’ve had one surgery but need more,” he said.