SES RECOG­NISES OUR VOL­UN­TEERS

Awards for Miles, Tara, and Chin­chilla SES

Chinchilla News - - FRONT PAGE - Amani Vas­sil­iou Amani.Vas­sil­iou@chin­chillanews.com.au

IF THE world had su­per­heroes, then surely the brave band of vol­un­teers con­sti­tut­ing the State Emer­gency Ser­vice would claim that ti­tle.

To mark the start of Queens­land’s SES week, a small cer­e­mony was held in Wal­lum­billa on Satur­day to award lo­cal SES he­roes for their ser­vice.

Vol­un­teers from Stan­thorpe to Cun­na­mulla re­ceived awards for long ser­vice, mer­i­to­ri­ous ser­vice, and pro­vid­ing life-sav­ing as­sis­tance in emer­gen­cies.

South­west SES re­gional man­ager Rob Bundy said the ser­vice, and SES Week at large, was an im­por­tant date in the cal­en­der to ac­knowl­edge the huge com­mit­ment made by each mem­ber.

“This week is a time to say thank you to the vol­un­teers, not only for the time they put in when events oc­cur, but also the time they so gen­er­ously give to en­sure they are a skilled and pro­fes­sional res­cue or­gan­i­sa­tion,” he said.

Lo­cally, Neville Dav­i­son from Tara was ac­knowl­edged with the Com­mis­sioner’s 40 Years Ser­vice Shield. Chin­chilla’s Barry Kerr and Tara’s Jay­den Hughes re­ceived an SES Week award for their pro­fes­sional re­sponse de­liv­er­ing a life-sav­ing treat­ment to a 16-year-old in a mo­tor­bike in­ci­dent at the Glen­mor­gan Trail ride.

Af­ter vol­un­teer­ing for more than 25 years, Miles SES Group Leader Stephen Long was a re­cip­i­ent of the pres­ti­gious Na­tional Medal for Long and Dili­gent Ser­vice.

Mr Long said he con­tin­ues to vol­un­teer in an ef­fort to make a dif­fer­ence.

“It’s a sense of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity, see­ing peo­ple in some­times the worst time of their lives when you are al­lowed to help,” he said.

“That’s the main rea­son I keep do­ing it, and also, the life­long last­ing friend­ships that you make.

“I have been for­tu­nate to lead some of the bet­ter peo­ple get­ting jobs done, and this end re­sult is re­ally sat­is­fy­ing, it’s just the ic­ing on the cake.”

PHOTO: JORJA MCDON­NELL

25 YEARS SERV­ING: Tyson Golder, Stephen Long of the Miles SES, and Rob Bundy at the awards.

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