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Nom­i­nee spends al­most 50 years vol­un­teer­ing to help keep com­mu­nity safe dur­ing nat­u­ral dis­as­ters

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

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.

Pic­ture: An­thony John­son

Mt Druitt SES lo­cal con­troller Peter Lalor. PRIDE OF AUSTRALIA PROUD PART­NER dai­lytele­graph.com.au

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