Bright sparks’ fire ser­vice honoured

Alpine Observer - - News - By JUSTIN JEN­VEY

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.

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