Ded­i­ca­tion wor­thy of fire­fight­ing medals

Firies have fought the flames for more than 20 years

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - ❏ Bran­don Livesay

RU­RAL fire­fight­ers have re­ceived some hard-earned recog­ni­tion for their ser­vice to the community at Coal­stoun Lakes Hall.

Na­tional Medals and Dili­gent and Eth­i­cal Ser­vice Medals were awarded to 10 Coal­stoun Lakes fire war­dens at a pre­sen­ta­tion on Satur­day. All the medal re­cip­i­ents had more than 20 years of ser­vice, with sev­eral hav­ing served for more than 35 years.

Coun­cil­lor Lofty Wendt praised the fire­fight­ers’ ef­forts.

“Your ser­vice is ab­so­lutely in­valu­able,” Cr Wendt said.

“We don’t have reg­u­lar fire­fight­ers, we rely on our vol­un­teers. With­out vol­un­teers in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties we don’t ex­ist.”

Ru­ral Fire Op­er­a­tions In­spec­tor Tony John­stone said “when we are fight­ing fires, we need our lo­cal bri­gade”.

Long ser­vice awardees were Keith Cock­ing, Ge­off Cor­field, Fred Fowler, Ivan Fowler, Gary Hunter, Roy Hunter, Steve Mar­shall, Dar­rin Rack­e­mann, Mark Rack­e­mann and Bill Staib.

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

LONG SER­VICE AWARDS: Ivan Fowler, Tony John­stone, Gary Hunter, Kevin “Lofty” Wendt, Alan Fowler, Dar­rin Rack­e­mann, Bill Staib, Roy Hunter, Steve Mar­shall and Mark Rack­e­mann.

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