Widow proud to receive volunteer’s service medal
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.