Fire­fight­ers hon­oured

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

NORTH coast dis­trict emer­gency ser­vices of­fi­cers last week paid their re­spects to 50 fire­fight­ers who had lost their lives on the job.

The memo­rial ser­vice at St Paul’s Angli­can Church in Mary­bor­ough on Oc­to­ber 10 was to com­mem­o­rate Na­tional Fire­fight­ers’ Re­mem­brance Day.

Gayn­dah SES con­troller DavidWil­son said the ser­vice, led by As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner John Bol­ger, fea­tured the ring­ing of an orig­i­nal fire bell as the of­fi­cers’ names were called out.

Among those hon­oured was Chief Of­fi­cer Bernie Nebe, who joined the Gayn­dah Fire Bri­gade in 1940 as an aux­il­iary fire­fighter.

It is be­lieved the of­fi­cer died of a med­i­cal con­di­tion while at­tend­ing a grass­fire in the re­gion on Oc­to­ber 29, 1961.

The fire­fighter’s prayer was re­cited after the lay­ing of wreaths:

“When I am called to duty, God, wher­ever flames may rage, give me strength to save some life and pro­tect his prop­erty.”

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