CENTRAL Victorian brothers Daniel and Nicholas White were driving to help a friend get sheep out of the hills when they came across something strange.
It was a car engine, on the side of the road, which looked like it was steaming hot.
The rest of the car was a little further along Burke and Wills Track, at Baynton.
"The car had rolled," Daniel said.
Smoke was issuing from the vehicle, which had run off the road and into trees in a section known to locals as 'the pinch'.
The driver was still inside, trapped in the driver's seat.
"Me and Nick have always worked well together," Daniel said.
Together, the pair managed the scene and rescued the injured man from the vehicle.
The car caught fire as they were trying to free the driver.
"His legs were sort of on fire," Daniel remembered.
They took off the man's burning garments and moved him to safety.
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Daniel said the driver's seatbelt and door "weren't working too well", adding to the complexity of the rescue.
He and his brother had been nervous about moving the man, given his injuries.
But, upon reflection, he said they didn't have many choices about the way they handled things.
"We knew we had to get him out because of the fire," Daniel said.
He said he and his brother fashioned a makeshift sling out of a blanket to make transporting the man to a safer place easier.
"It was just lucky it worked out the way it did," Daniel said.
He said it was a struggle, even with the two of them. Had only one of them been in the car that day - Good Friday, 2018 - Daniel doubted it would have all gone the same way.
Nicholas and Daniel were this week presented with bravery awards.
They were among seven Victorians the Royal Humane Society of Australasia recognised in an event at Melbourne's Government House.
Daniel and Nicholas each received a bronze medal from Governor Linda Dessau.
"It's a bit surreal," Daniel said.
The whole family turned out for the presentation, including Daniel's two-year-old son.
Both he and his brother are working on the family farm in Sidonia, where they run sheep and cows.
They finished shearing the day before the awards.
"Government House is pretty regal," Daniel said.
He said his son, Percy, had been referring to the medal as 'money' - likely because of its resemblance to an oversized coin.
"It was really nice to get that appreciation," Daniel said.
However, he said he and his brother were only a small part of the rescue.
A nurse and a friend of theirs were among the others that responded.
Daniel and his brother have not met the man they saved. They believed the man had endured a long recovery, but had survived.
"The police just said he is going to be OK," Daniel said.
For him, that was the peace of mind he needed to close that chapter in their lives.
"It was full on," Daniel said.
But it had been some time, before the awards, since he had reflected on that day.
This week, they did so with pride.
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