Hero mum’s sacrifice won’t be forgotten
THE grief-stricken daughters of Teena Devine are leading the charge to have their mother receive a bravery award for the heroic last moments that claimed her life.
Teena, 47, was tragically killed when a runaway car struck her at the Pomona Markets on Saturday, but not before she pushed her 70-year-old mother out of harm's way.
Teena's daughter Peta said a bravery award would be a fitting tribute for a woman who always put others before herself.
"That's the first thing Nan said to me: 'she's a hero', but she had always been a hero to me and this just proves it," Peta said.
"She touched everybody else in very tough times and now I think they feel they have to give back to her in some way.
"We're still getting in contact with people who knew her and people just keep giving their condolences."
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Teena and her husband James had only just moved back to the Sunshine Coast following a fire that destroyed their home two weeks before Christmas.
James' arthritis had become too much and they decided to move back home to be closer with their two daughters, Peta, 24, and Teagan, 23.
Peta said the two were inseparable through 25 years of marriage.
"Mum was his life," Peta said.
"They were the most loving couple I've ever seen, they did anything for one another.
"Nothing will bring his wife back, but he feels she deserves a bravery award.
"I think she deserves a big award just for everything she did when she was alive."
Teena became a second mum for her three young nephews and nieces when their mother passed away 20 years ago, and she helped raise her niece Tiffany's three children.
On the other side of the family, sister-in-law Deborah Devine and nephew Troy Devine have set up a gofundme page that has already raised more than $5000 to assist the family.
"That just sums her up in one incident," Troy said.
"She always put everyone before herself.
"I remember when I was young I used to spend a week at a time at TAFE and I used to stay at their house for the whole week.
"They'd put me up for nothing and always looked out for me if I needed anything."
If you would like to donate to the cause follow the link to https://www.gofundme.com/he96gdkw
TRIBUTES FOR TEENA
- Ann Podobnik Sutherland: "I just wanted to pass on my most sincere condolences. I was the stallholder right next to Teena. I witnessed the horrible accident and will never forget what I saw. My heart and prayers go out to all who knew and loved Teena."
- Roslyn Donaldson: "Heartfelt condolences to Jim, Peta and Tegan."
- Jules Hawkins: "R.I.P Teena. My thoughts are with your family."
- Karen Lorraine: "Our sincerest sympathy for your tragic loss."
- Luisa Pelizzari: "My condolences to Teena's whole family but especially to her husband and children. So sad."
- Belle Parker: "Thinking of the whole family durng this terrible time. Please accept our sincere condolences from all that had the pleasure of meeting the "Fabulous Teena" from the Roberts family."
- Laura Bebendorf: "So terribly sad. We were at the markets this morning with our two little ones but thankfully had taken them across the street for lunch when this happened. We had to walk back past the scene to our car parked on top of the hill and could see there had been an accident and someone hurt but I had no idea it was this tragic. Sending love and condolences to the family and friends."
Tara Lyons: "Oh no, that's just awful. So sad. Sending much love to her loved ones."