Fire still burns bright for John

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

IN DE­CEM­BER the Heath­cote Fire Bri­gade pre­sented awards for out­stand­ing ser­vice at their Christ­mas Tea. All of the awards were pre­sented by Oper­a­tions Of­fi­cer Chris Jacobson from Dis­trict 2.

The awards went to John McGil­livray for 55 years of ser­vice, Ca­role Watkins for 30 years, Colin Thomp­son for 30 years, Jim Jowett Jnr for 25 years, Arthur Water­house for 25 years, Ann Sales for 10 years and Melissa Ve­jby for five years.

Mr McGil­livray, in par­tic­u­lar, has been a long-time ser­vant of the bri­gade, but said the award only meant one thing. “It’s a sign that I’m get­ting old,” he said.

Mr McGil­livray said he was al­ways des­tined to join to fire bri­gade from an early age.

“My fa­ther did it for 40 years so I have been around the bri­gade for as long as I can re­mem­ber, and joined when I was 18.”

The Heath­cote lo­cal said it’s a tough job and any fire­fighter has to be pre­pared to take the good with the bad.

“There are some tough days, as you can imag­ine, but there are some good ones too, the ca­ma­raderie and the mates that you meet.”

McGil­livray said he plans to con­tinue his work for the fire bri­gade for as long as pos­si­ble.

“I’ve got my pager on me now, it never stops.

“It is handy to have some­one like me who has been lo­cal for so long — I guess I know the roads and the sur­round­ings pretty well.

“I think I can be of some use for a while yet.”

John McGil­livray ac­cepts his award from Chris Jacobson.

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