Bri­gade cen­ten­nial is a roar­ing af­fair

Ruapehu Press - - Your Local News - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

It was a night of rem­i­nisc­ing and laughs at the Ma­nunui Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade’s Cen­ten­nial and Hon­ours night.

Held at the Ma­nunui Club on Satur­day, past and present mem­bers were ac­knowl­edged for their work and ded­i­ca­tion.

Spe­cial guests; for­mer fire chiefs Lau­rie Brown, John Schroeder and Louise O’reilly, were present to watch the bri­gade and hon­ours awards be­ing pre­sented.

A spe­cial sur­prise of three Life Honourary Medals were pre­sented to Se­nior Fire­fighter, Chris Cap­per, deputy chief fire of­fi­cer, Kevin Shaw and for­mer chief fire of­fi­cer, Louise O’reilly.

Mayor Don Cameron said it was amaz­ing that Tau­marunui still had two fire brigades in op­er­a­tion and thanked them for their com­mit­ment to the com­mu­nity.

‘‘On be­half of the dis­trict you are ac­tu­ally he­roes for us. It’s an in­cred­i­ble achieve­ment.’’

Moe Kelly from the United Fire Brigades’ As­so­ci­a­tion said it was a ‘‘great achieve­ment’’ to have 14 mem­bers from the bri­gade who had served 25-years.

An award was pre­sented to the bri­gade for its ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.

For­mer fire chief, Louise O’reilly said she en­joyed rep­re­sent­ing the Ruapehu Dis­trict and saw many changes.

‘‘My ex­pe­ri­ences were hi­lar­i­ous and some ex­treme sad­ness but I’d like to say thank you to the mem­bers for the life­long friend­ship.’’

Join­ing in 1967, for­mer fire chief John Schroeder served 21-years at the Ma­nunui Fire Bri­gade.

Trans­fer­ring to Owhango Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade, Schroeder has now com­pleted 50-years ser­vice.

For­mer fire chef Lau­rie Brown, who served in 1969, said equip­ment and fund­ing was scarce.

‘‘Most of us used to turn up with what we were wear­ing; we got wet, we got dirty, we went home and what ever hap­pen will be.’’

FRANCES FER­GU­SON / STUFF

Life Honorary Medals pre­sented to SFF, Chris Cap­per, ex CFO, Louise O’reilly and DCFO, Kevin Shaw.

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