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