Above and beyond his duty

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: ERICA MURREE

SER­VICE RECOG­NISED: Cap­tain Gavin Kelly has re­ceived an Aus­tralia Day achieve­ment medal­lion.

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