Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - Deb­bie Jamieson

On Satur­day night I had the priv­i­lege of at­tend­ing the an­nual hon­ours and awards din­ner for the Queen­stown, Frank­ton and Ar­row­town fire brigades.

This year the Wakatipu brigades hon­oured 406 years of ser­vice by vol­un­teers, in­clud­ing 45 years by sta­tion of­fi­cer Stu Ide who started in the bri­gade at the age of 19, and sta­tion of­fi­cer Grant Bew­ley who was awarded a 25-year gold star.

Amaz­ingly, Bew­ley man­aged 88 per cent at­ten­dance dur­ing that time.

Tro­phies for at­ten­dance and ded­i­ca­tion were given to qual­i­fied fire­fighter Marc Man­der­son, of Frank­ton, and se­nior fire­fighter Pre­ston Rogers-Brown, of Queen­stown.

Of course, they are not alone. Through­out Cen­tral Otago and the Up­per Clutha we have hundreds of men and women from dif­fer­ent back­grounds and pro­fes­sions who give their time and ex­per­tise to pro­tect­ing their com­mu­ni­ties.

Thank you for what you do.

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