Dedication justly rewarded
While the rest of us sleep, Murray Davidson is one of the hard working volunteers helping keep the community safe.
It’s his dedication to his job and community that has earned the title of being Matamata Community Patroller of the Year.
Community Patrol chairman Brian Hunter said at the organisation’s AGM, the committee looked at each of the members to find the worthy recipient.
He said Davidson was a stand out candidate from among the 30 members, meeting all the criteria required for being a recipient of the Diamond Jewellers Cup.
Some of the criteria includes following police liaison officer instructions, making himself available at short notice and working in with any requests within the patrol.
‘‘Murray was head and shoulders above the rest in meeting that criteria,’’ said Hunter.
‘‘We looked at all 30 patrollers and Murray’s name popped right to the top.’’
While any volunteer takes his or her role very seriously, Davidson performs all his volunteer roles with complete heart.
Davidson is a driver for the Matamata Health Shuttle and has been a Matamata Lions member for over 40 years.
‘‘I just get a lot of enjoyment and pleasure at helping other people. I am retired now, so I can give something back.’’
It’s this desire to give back that encouraged him to add the Matamata Community Patrol to his growing list of volunteer roles and ensuring the community he loves is well cared for.
‘‘I felt I could make a contribution to the organisation and wanted to contribute to the community too. For the patrol it’s about getting out and making sure our community is being cared for in the best possible way, and obviously assisting our stretched police resources and make their lives easier,’’ Davidson said.
‘‘One of his many achievements is beating me at golf regularly,’’ laughed Hunter.
The Matamata Community Patrol acts as the eyes and ears of the police, but they do not personally intervene in any situation.
They work to a roster and operate in the evenings, till early mornings and also perform day patrols during the school holidays.
‘‘The people in this community are great to work with, in our role we speak with a lot of the retailers and they are always pleased to see us and know we are there, especially during the school holidays,’’ said Davidson.
Hunter says they are always looking for new members. Anyone interested can phone him on 021 473 389.
Murray Davidson was awarded the Diamond Jewellers Cup for Patroller of the Year.