Bravery award for teen

Fifteen-year-old Olivia Conder with her bravery certificate. Photo: Alesha Capone

A teenage girl who called triple-0 during an aggravated burglary while she was home alone, has been officially recognised for her bravery.

Fifteen-year-old Olivia Conder was in her family’s Hoppers Crossing house last month, studying for exams, when a group of men broke into the home.

The quick-thinking young woman hid in her bedroom, called triple-0 and continued to give the emergency operator information until police arrived.

Two Wyndham police officers last week visited Olivia’s school, Point Cook Senior Secondary College, to present her with a certificate of recognition for her bravery.

Acting Sergeant Jason Templar and Acting Sergeant Anita Harraway presented Olivia with the certificate during a school assembly.

Acting Sergeant Templar said that thanks to Olivia’s actions, police had been able to arrest three men who allegedly broke into her family’s house.

“Unfortunately for them, they decided to pick the wrong house, because inside that house was a student from this school, Olivia Conder, whose decisiveness and bravery resulted in
her calling triple-0,” Acting Sergeant Templar said.

He said that thanks to Olivia, the three men had been “taken off the streets of Wyndham” and remanded in custody.

Three 18-year-old men, from Bundoora, Epping and Brookfield, have been charged with a total of 20 charges in relation to the incident.

Olivia’s mother Lee-Anne and father Neal, said they were proud of their daughter’s actions.

Point Cook Senior Secondary College principal Christopher Mooney described Olivia as a “very brave young woman.”