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SHEPPARTON CFA MEMBERS HONOURED
Shepparton Fire Brigade members were recognised for their contributions to the CFA at an annual presentation dinner at the weekend.
‘‘It’s a night to recognise all the members and their contributions,’’ CFA District 22 operations officer Peter Dedman said.
More than 100 members, volunteers and their partners gathered for the event with two local members, Ben Linnett and Brian O’Mahony, recognised for their efforts during the Black Saturday bushfires.
‘‘We gave out two National Emergency Medals, which is an honour approved by the Queen, to recognise significant service in a national emergency,’’ Mr Dedman said.
‘‘The Black Saturday bushfires were the biggest we’ve seen in the history of our nation and two members met the service criteria by attending.’’
Long-time CFA member John Cobbledick was also recognised for his 60 years of service with the CFA, having joined in 1956.
‘‘I first joined because I was on the farm and young fellas like us all joined back then,’’ he said.
‘‘I was a volunteer at the Yalca-Yielima Fire Brigade, before I went to Nathalia for two years.
‘‘I then moved to Shepparton in retirement and joined the brigade there.’’
Mr Cobbledick said what he loved most about the CFA was the ‘‘companionship and camaraderie’’ of firefighters.
‘‘It feels good to be recognised but I would have to say my highlight would just be being around the fellas,’’ he said.
‘‘These days I don’t do a great deal but it means a lot to me (to be recognised).’’
Mr Dedman said Mr Cobbledick’s story was an amazing one and said he still came down to the brigade on occasions and contributed as a senior member.
‘‘Sixty years just shows his great commitment to the organisation and it’s great to reward him for his efforts.’’
Special recognition: Shepparton CFA members Richard Evans, Adam Hermelin and Ben Linnett were recognised for their efforts this year.
Efforts appreciated: Shepparton CFA women’s auxiliary volunteers Loretta Cobbledick and Caroline Mansfield.
Honoured: Ben Linnett and Brian O’Mahony were awarded the National Emergency Medal for their work during the Black Saturday bushfires.
Excellent contribution: Shepparton CFA members who were award recipients at the annual presentation night, held at the GV Hotel in Shepparton.
Special night: Long-serving CFA member John Cobbledick was recognised for his efforts by Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell.
Celebrating staff: CFA District 22 operations officer Pete Dedman spoke at the Shepparton CFA annual presentation night.