Above and beyond his duty
CAPTAIN Gavin Kelly has been recognised by his peers for performing exceptional work, above and beyond his normal course of duty for his Biggenden community.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Australia Day Achievement Medallions are awarded to those for providing significant contribution to the delivery of fire and emergency services in Queensland.
A member since July 10, 1989 and captain since February 4, 2002, Gavin said he didn’t even know he had been nominated.
“This award is just not about me but it’s also the rest of the guys,” he said.
“I couldn’t do what I do without my fellow firefighters.”
“I have enjoyed my 25 years with the service.
“It is a rewarding career for anyone. You don’t do it for the money but for the community,” he said.
Captain Kelly has seen many changes.
“It has gone from being a fire service maintained by a board system to lots of different services and authorities to today’s Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.”
Thinking the awards were being held on Australia Day, the Kelly family weren’t present at last Thursday’s ceremony at Gympie.
Wife Andrea said they read the invitation, accepted the invitation, organised the families to be present and then Gavin got a phone call after the presentation wondering where they were.
At Monday’s Australia Day ceremony at Biggenden, Cr Lofty Wendt congratulated his nephew on his achievement.
SERVICE RECOGNISED: Captain Gavin Kelly has received an Australia Day achievement medallion.