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.”