Bright sparks’ fire service honoured
BRIGHT Fire Brigade has recognised more than 20 past and present volunteers at its recent 125th anniversary celebration.
Among those honoured was the late Stuart Hargreaves whose family was presented with a brigade life membership in recognition of Stuart’s service and support for more than half the brigade’s history.
About 60 people attended adinner at Bright fire station on October 28 along with CFA deputy chief officer John Haynes, CFA district 24 operations manager Paul King, Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria president Nev Jones, Ovens Valley MP Tim McCurdy and Alpine mayor Ron Janas.
Bright CFA captain Paul Mansfield said 23 members were awarded service medals and received other accolades at the presentation.
“It certainly nice to recognise our members, especially those that have dedicated so much time to the CFA and our brigade,” he said.
“Some of them didn’t do all their service at Bright but their years of service are accumulative with the CFA.
“To make Stuart a brigade life member was something the brigade management put forward.
“Not many people have been awarded life memberships with us.
“I think the last one was in 1980 but this is a fitting honour for Stuart who made a huge contribution over many years.”
Mr Hargreaves, who passed away earlier this year, was a member of the brigade for 63 years.
He joined in 1954, following in the footsteps of his grandfather.
He had two stints as captain, filling the role for a total of eight years and was also communications officer for four years while representing the brigade as a delegate for a long time.
Three CFA life membership awards were also made to Graham Cocks, Phil O’Neil and John Wymond for 30 or more years of service.
Mr Cocks was also presented with the Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria gold star award by VFBV president Nev Jones for service to the organisation and its predecessor associations.
CFA service awards Twere also made to 10 other members for contributions ranging from five to 25 years.
Another 16 members were recognised for their efforts during the Black Saturday Bushfires with 2009 campaign fires badges.
FIRE READY: Garry Das, Sally Summers and Craig Hore talk tactics at last week’s training exercise.
HONOUR: The family of the late Stuart Hargreaves was presented with a Brigade Life Membership for the former captain’s 63 years’ service before his death.
RECOGNITION: Graham Cocks, pictured with CFA deputy chief officer John Haynes, received two awards at Bright CFA’s recent anniversary dinner.