Unit a ‘sec­ond fam­ily’ to Bob

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Mem­bers of the Kar­ratha State Emer­gency Ser­vice unit farewelled one of their long­est-serv­ing vol­un­teers last Mon­day night.

Bob Hunter is a fix­ture of the lo­cal unit af­ter al­most 31 years of at­tend­ing crashes, cy­clones and other emer­gen­cies but last week the stal­wart of­fi­cially left the Kar­ratha ser­vice to re­tire to Ger­ald­ton with his wife Nena.

He said he had learnt an im­mense amount and was glad to have been able to give back to the com­mu­nity through be­ing part of the unit.

“I ba­si­cally just stayed and then by that stage the unit had be­come a sec­ond fam­ily,” he said.

“The thing that most peo­ple miss in Kar­ratha is that ex­tended fam­ily, and the SES is like a big fam­ily — we look out for each other and lend a hand if any­body needs help.”

Kar­ratha SES unit lo­cal man­ager Trevor Pat­ton said it was rare for SES vol­un­teers to serve in the one unit for such a long pe­riod, es­pe­cially in a tran­sient town such as Kar­ratha.

He said Mr Hunter had been a valu­able as­set to the team. “The wealth of knowl­edge Bob has brought to the unit, in the time he’s been here, has been great,” he said.

SES mem­bers pre­sented Bob with a photo board and slide show pre­sen­ta­tion cel­e­brat­ing his time in the unit.

Bob left Kar­ratha last Wed­nes­day.

Trevor Pat­ton and Bob Hunter.

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