Wi­dow proud to re­ceive vol­un­teer’s ser­vice medal

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

THE wi­dow and fam­ily of a Don­ny­brook vol­un­teer fire­fighter were pre­sented with medals on De­cem­ber 10 posthu­mously hon­our­ing his ser­vice.

De­part­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices act­ing Lower South West su­per­in­ten­dent Danny Mosconi pre­sented the Na­tional Ser­vice Medal to Scott Tooke’s wi­dow Sandie.

The medal recog­nises Mr Tooke’s 15 years of ser­vice as a mem­ber of the Ar­gyle Ir­ish­town Bush Fire Bri­gade.

Don­ny­brook deputy chief bush fire con­trol of­fi­cer David Tooke, Scott’s brother, said the fam­ily was proud and hon­oured to ac­cept the medal on his be­half.

“He was a found­ing mem­ber of the bri­gade and one of the in­au­gu­ral of­fice bear­ers and he pro­vided in his time a very good ser­vice to the community,” Mr Tooke said of his brother.

Don­ny­brook-Balin­gup shire pres­i­dent Brian Piesse said the Tooke fam­ily had been the “back­bone” of the Ar­gyle Ir­ish­town bri­gade for many years.

“We gave a five-year ser­vice and a 10-year ser­vice medal to Scott’s wi­dow and fam­ily but by far the most im­por­tant pre­sen­ta­tion of the day was the DFES medal,” Cr Piesse said.

“The com­ment I made on the day is that most re­silient com­mu­ni­ties are as good as the strength of their vol­un­teers and this bri­gade is one of those that has cov­ered it­self in a fair bit of glory in re­cent years.”

Mr Tooke died in Novem­ber 2016 af­ter a bat­tle with can­cer.

Act­ing Lower South West DFES Su­per­in­ten­dent Danny Mosconi, left, presents the Na­tional Ser­vice Medal to Scott Tooke’s wi­dow Sandie, sec­ond from right, and fam­ily mem­bers Jessie-Louise, David and Cory Tooke also re­ceived five and 10-year ser­vice medals at a cer­e­mony at­tended by Don­ny­brook-Balin­gup shire chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ben Rose, sec­ond from left, and shire pres­i­dent Brian Piesse.

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