Vol­un­teers hon­oured for long ser­vice

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

A host of long-serv­ing emer­gency ser­vices vol­un­teers in the City of Kar­ratha have been recog­nised for their ef­forts, at two awards cer­e­monies at the weekend.

Emer­gency Ser­vice Volunteer Recog­ni­tion awards were handed out to 12 vol­un­teers at the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex and Port Wal­cott Marine Res­cue.

The past year has proven more than ever the need for all four volunteer ar­eas — am­bu­lance, fire, marine and search and res­cue.

SES and marine res­cue op­er­a­tions were pushed to the lim­its for days dur­ing the search for the ill­fated prawn trawler the Re­turner.

Dozens of fire­fight­ers from across the Pil­bara put their hands up to join crews down south bat­tling the dev­as­tat­ing Har­vey-Wa­roona bush­fire.

Closer to home, a blaze on the Kar­ratha hills came a lit­tle too close for com­fort and could have caused more dam­age had it not been for the work of vol­un­teers.

And the day-in, day-out ser­vices of St John Am­bu­lance vol­un­teers have been widely com­mended for their fast re­sponse times across a wide range of in­ci­dents in the past year.

At the Leisure­plex on Fri­day night, SES vol­lie Damien Muller was hon­oured for 20 years of ser­vice, join­ing his wife as an old salt of the Kar­ratha SES team.

“I was orig­i­nally at­tracted to it by my wife, Jo, who was al­ready in it; she has out­done me by a cou­ple of years,” he said.

“She was head­ing off to go to cy­clone Olivia in Pan­na­won­ica and I was able to get some time off work to help out.

“I was orig­i­nally only going to go for the weekend but I’m still there now.”

The fol­low­ing night Wick­ham-Roe­bourne St John Am­bu­lance volunteer Glen Saun­ders re­ceived equal praise for his 20 years ser­vice.

Mr Saun­ders was also con­grat­u­lated on his re­cent ac­cep­tance into the Or­der of St John. “It’s an honour,” he said. Mr Saun­ders said ser­vice to com­mu­nity had kept him going for 20 years hav­ing orig­i­nally been in­spired to sign up by his par­ents.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the City of Kar­ratha had a heavy re­liance on lo­cal volunteer crews.

“Be­cause we’re so iso­lated we can’t just go over to the next sub­urb and ask for help so we re­ally do de­pend on these vol­un­teers,” he said. “If it wasn’t for vol­un­teers and these ser­vices we ac­tu­ally couldn’t op­er­ate.”

Mr Long said the awards nights were a to­ken of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the ef­forts of vol­un­teers across the city. “Some peo­ple are working 300 hours a year vol­un­teer­ing which is amaz­ing,” he said.

“We just want to let peo­ple know how much we ap­pre­ci­ate them.

“It is re­ally worth­while not only for the com­mu­nity, but also for your­self.”

Mr Muller said vol­un­teer­ing was a re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, not just in ser­vice to com­mu­nity but also in working with a team and mak­ing new friends. “There have been a whole heap of ex­pe­ri­ences, some not nec­es­sar­ily nice which is just the na­ture of what we do, but I think it has helped to grow me into who I am to­day,” he said.

Mr Muller said any­one con­sid­er­ing vol­un­teer­ing would have no re­grets.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Award re­cip­i­ents at the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex on Fri­day night.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Coun­cil­lor Ge­off Har­ris with awards re­cip­i­ents at the Port Wal­cott Marine Res­cue fa­cil­ity.

SES volunteer Damien Muller and City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long.

David How­ell and Peter Long.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long and volunteer firie Ed­die Mor­gan.

Daryl John­son with his five-year ser­vice award, and Ge­off Har­ris.

Joshua McKen­zie and Ge­off Har­ris.

De­bra Pot­ten and Ge­off Har­ris.

Mayor Peter Long and Belinda Lawrence.

Jes­sica Gre­gory with her five-year ser­vice award.

Glen Saun­ders and Wick­hamRoe­bourne St John Am­bu­lance com­mu­nity para­medic Paul Wil­lett.

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