Proud to be good citizen
Nominee spends almost 50 years volunteering to help keep community safe during natural disasters
PRIDE of Australia nominee and Mt Druitt SES controller Peter Lalor has attended more disaster relief missions than he cares to remember.
Countless sleepless nights have been spent ensuring the safety of thousands during some of the state’s worst natural disasters.
Mr Lalor was a proud member of the Civil Defence Organisation since 1969, until it merged with the State Emergency Service in 1972.
In that time he has managed dozens of operations during bushfires, floods, storms and rescues.
Some of the notable tasks include Cyclone Tracy evacuee assistance from Callan Park in 1974 and the Mt Druitt SES unit response to the Sydney hailstorm of 1999.
Mr Lalor also led the first shift of more than 200 SES volunteers during the Thredbo landslip in 1997.
He has earned several awards including the NSW SES Commissioner’s Commendation for Service and Emergency Services Medal.
Despite nearly 50 years of volunteer service Mr Lalor said it was the volunteers’ families needing recognition.
“They stay at home and keep their fingers crossed that their family member is going to come back,” he said.
“If we keep things like the RFS, SES, St John’s ... we’ll help make a better society.”
Mr Lalor’s legacy is carried on in his two sons. The eldest serves as a deputy captain at Scotland Island RFS, while his younger son serves as SES deputy region controller in Dubbo.
Mt Druitt SES local controller Peter Lalor. PRIDE OF AUSTRALIA PROUD PARTNER dailytelegraph.com.au