P­let­ten­berg Bay heroes ho­nou­red

Knysna-Plett Herald - - From The Town Hall - Yo­lan­dé S­tan­der

P­let­ten­berg Bay’s com­mu­ni­ty and cri­me-fig­hting heroes we­re ho­nou­red du­ring a spe­ci­al a­wards e­ve­ning hos­ted by the P­let­ten­berg Bay Cri­me P­re­ven­ti­on As­so­ci­a­ti­on (PBCPA).

The e­vent, held at The Bun­ga­low on Ju­ly 13, was at­ten­ded by the to­wn’s cre­am of the crop, in­clu­ding ma­yor Peter Lo­be­se.

PBCPA chair Bru­ce Ri­chard­son said du­ring the e­ve­ning that it was im­por­tant for a com­mu­ni­ty to tou­ch ba­se from ti­me to ti­me to share in­for­ma­ti­on, dis­cuss stra­te­gies and ce­ment re­la­ti­ons­hips as tho­se com­mit­ted to a cri­me-free P­lett. He ad­ded that it was al­so im­por­tant to ho­nour tho­se who had ma­de a ma­jor con­tri­bu­ti­on, es­pe­ci­al­ly in lig­ht of the re­cent fi­re­fig­hting and re­lief ef­forts.

“I on­ce a­gain look back o­ver the past se­ven mont­hs or so sin­ce our last meet­ing on w­hat the PBCPA and part­ner or­ga­ni­sa­ti­ons wor­king un­der the PBCPA ban­ner ha­ve a­chie­ved, with a deep sen­se of sa­tis­facti­on, and on­ce a­gain it is a­ma­zing how much pro­gress we ha­ve ma­de – we con­ti­nue to go from strength to strength,” Ri­chard­son said.

He said that in ti­mes of cri­sis pe­op­le le­arn w­hat is re­al­ly in­si­de a per­son and a com­mu­ni­ty and that the re­cent cri­sis sho­wed that P­lett was not found wan­ting.

“On the con­tra­ry, one was blo­wn a­way mo­ment by mo­ment by the out­stan­ding con­tri­bu­ti­on ma­de by nu­me­rous pe­op­le.

“Be­cau­se of this, a de­ci­si­on was ma­de not to hand out in­di­vi­du­al a­wards, ex­cept in ex­cep­ti­o­nal and e­a­si­ly i­den­ti­fied ca­ses, le­st in see­king to re­cog­ni­se in­di­vi­du­als so­me we­re o­mit­ted and felt short-chan­ged. Rat­her, as a ge­ne­ral ru­le, we are re­cog­ni­sing groups of con­tri­bu­tors re­pre­sen­ted by an in­di­vi­du­al.”

Ri­chard­son said that the PBCPA ackno­w­led­ged the con­tri­bu­ti­on of and con­g­ra­tu­la­ted all PBCPA part­ner or­ga­ni­sa­ti­ons and the re­si­dents of P­lett who had be­co­me a part of w­hat t­hey we­re doing.

“We li­ve in an a­ma­zing a­rea with a­ma­zing pe­op­le.”

The­re we­re 13 a­wards han­ded out. The first went to P­lett bu­si­nes­sman Dun­can Bro­wn for out­stan­ding hu­man kind­ness and ser­vi­ce ex­cel­len­ce to the P­lett com­mu­ni­ty, es­pe­ci­al­ly du­ring the Ju­ne fi­res.

Fal­len fi­re­fig­h­ter Brad­ley Ri­chards was al­so ho­nou­red for gi­ving his li­fe to pro­tect the to­wn and com­mu­ni­ty from the de­va­sta­ting fi­re. “His le­ga­cy is en­gra­ved in our P­lett com­mu­ni­ty’s he­arts he will ne­ver be f­or­got­ten.”

P­lett South fi­re ma­na­ge­ment u­nit (FMU) mem­ber S­haun Lee de Al­mei­da was ho­nou­red for ex­cep­ti­o­nal bra­very af­ter ris­king his li­fe to help Brad­ley and in­ju­red fi­re­fig­h­ter Ian Bar­nard.

The PBCPA al­so han­ded out a­wards to the Bi­tou law en­for­ce­ment and traf­fic de­part­ment, the fi­re de­part­ment and the P­lett FMU’s te­am of vo­lun­teers for their ser­vi­ce.

Bar­nard was al­so sa­lu­ted for his on­going ser­vi­ce to the FMUs and fi­re de­part­ment for the past se­ven y­e­ars.

Tho­se wor­king be­hind the sce­nes at the P­lett re­lief cen­t­re we­re al­so ho­nou­red for their con­tri­bu­ti­on and so was the P­lett NSRI sta­ti­on. Lo­cal re­si­dents Ri­a­na Ven­ter and Li­sa Na­gel we­re al­so gi­ven a­wards for ex­cep­ti­o­nal ser­vi­ce at the joint o­pe­ra­ti­ons con­t­rol cen­t­re JOCC du­ring the P­lett fi­res.

The PBCPA’s o­pe­ra­ti­ons di­rec­tor Ot­to O­li­ver and mem­bers John S­tewart and Wes­ley Andrews we­re al­so ho­nou­red for ex­cep­ti­o­nal ser­vi­ce to the P­lett com­mu­ni­ty.

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From left: P­let­ten­berg Bay Cri­me P­re­ven­ti­on As­so­ci­a­ti­on (PBCPA) mem­ber Wes­ley Andrew, Bi­tou ma­yor Peter Lo­be­se, PBCPA o­pe­ra­ti­ons di­rec­tor Ot­to Olivier and mem­ber John S­tewart we­re ho­nou­red du­ring an a­ward ce­re­mo­ny on Ju­ly 13 for ex­cep­ti­o­nal ser­vi­ce to the P­lett com­mu­ni­ty.

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