Former Terrigal High student Tori Johnson, who lost his life protecting others in the Lindt Cafe siege, is among the Coasties recognised in today's Australian Bravery Awards.
Tori will posthumously receive A Star of Courage, after choosing to stay behind to help as others fled.
It's the country's second highest civilian honour for bravery.
Meanwhile, Wyong Hospital ED nurse and Watanobbi local Jonathon Quero will be awarded the Bravery Medal for his actions after responding to a duress alarm.
"To my surprise, when I came around the corner, I saw there was a gentleman with a quite large meat cleaver, and he had one of my female co-workers as a hostage," Mr Quero recalls.
"He had his arm around her and the knife to her neck."
Mr Quero convinced the armed man to restrain him instead of the nurse, and he was eventually pulled to safety by a security guard.
Meanwhile, Grant Gaiter from Saratoga and Francis Mahoney from Mannering Park receive the Commendation for Brave Conduct for rescuing a man from a burning vehicle and subduing an armed home invader respectively.