Ser­vice hon­oured

Brigade salutes of­fi­cers

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Pu­taruru Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade held an hon­ours night to cel­e­brate mem­bers who have given years of ser­vice.

Two such mem­bers were se­nior fire­fighter Sue Carter, who has given 11 years of ser­vice, and Chief Fire Of­fi­cer Graeme Hoole, who marked his 35th year.

Sue’s achieve­ment also means she is the first woman to reach that mark.

‘‘Ac­tu­ally it was the chief who ap­proached me be­cause dur­ing the day it was so hard to get peo­ple who weren’t tied up to come down here.

‘‘So I thought I would give it a go,’’ she said.

‘‘ My pre­vi­ous em­ploy­ers have been re­ally good in that they have let me go to calls.’’

Sue said the high­light of her time was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the ca­ma­raderie of the crew.

‘‘Def­i­nitely the team. Work­ing with all of the new peo­ple com­ing through . . . re­ally good team spirit, go­ing out and help­ing peo­ple.

‘‘You get a real buzz out of some­one thank­ing you.’’

For Graeme, join­ing the vol­un­teer fire brigade was a way of fol­low­ing in his fa­ther’s foot­steps.

‘‘ When I joined 35 years ago it was a great buzz to go fight fires.

‘‘When it pro­gresses you be­come more com­mu­nity ori­en­tated and you are out there to sup­port the com­mu­nity.’’

Prior to mov­ing to Pu­taruru, Graeme spent nine years in Te Kuiti.

He re­called the big­gest fire he had wit­nessed.

‘‘ Prob­a­bly the best fire that we ever had was the ShopRite su­per­mar­ket. That was prob­a­bly the best fire that we have ever seen.’’

Graeme said he dreaded go­ing to mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents.

‘‘Es­pe­cially with chil­dren. You never know un­til you get there but one of them could be your friend or next door neigh­bour,’’ he said.

HON­OURED: Pu­taruru Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade se­nior fire­fighter Sue Carter and Chief Fire Of­fi­cer Graeme Hoole were recog­nised for their years of ser­vice.

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