Fire­fight­ers reap re­ward

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

GAYN­DAH fire­fighter Lieu­tenant Dave Shep­herd re­ceived a National Medal on Mon­day night for 15 years of ser­vice and ded­i­ca­tion to his com­mu­nity.

Adam Gwin was awarded the Queens­land Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice Dili­gent and Eth­i­cal Ser­vice Medal for 19 years of ser­vice.

Re­tired Gayn­dah fire­fighter Ge­off Mor­gan re­ceived a QFRS Dili­gent and Eth­i­cal Ser­vice Medal for 20 years of ser­vice and Mun­dub­bera fire­fighter Phil Tay­lor was also awarded the medal.

As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner for the North Coast Re­gion John Wat­son said the men epit­o­mised the fire­fight­ing spirit of “do­ing any­thing, any­time, any­where, for any­body”.

“They are demon­strat­ing a lot of com­mit­ment to the com­mu­nity by stay­ing with the ser­vice for so long,” he said.

“It’s good to see, par­tic­u­larly in towns like Gayn­dah, that fire­fight­ers stay with us for so long be­cause that’s a prob­lem at the mo­ment.

“I come to places like Gayn­dah, Mun­dub­bera, Biggenden, Eidsvold and the fire ser­vice is the com­mu­nity.”

The National Medal re­ceived by Lt Shep­herd is awarded to out­stand­ing in­di­vid­u­als with 15 years’ ser­vice in or­gan­i­sa­tions that pro­tect life and prop­erty at some risk to their mem­bers.

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

SERV­ING THE COM­MU­NITY: (From left) Ge­off Mor­gan, Dave Shep­herd, Steve Mclaren, John Wat­son and Adam Gwin.

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