Fire­fighter vet­er­ans hon­oured at cer­e­mony

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

COUN­TRY Fire Author­ity vol­un­teers who have served the com­mu­nity for over 30 years in ru­ral bri­gades within the Ru­ral City of Wan­garatta were cel­e­brated at an awards din­ner in Wan­garatta ear­lier this month.

Garry Nash, deputy group of­fi­cer for the Wan­garatta Fire Brigade Group, said the evening at the Wan­garatta Gate­way was at­tended by around 120 peo­ple.

“We thought it was long over­due for a group get to­gether and with over 20 mem­bers re­ceiv­ing a life mem­ber­ship medal, we were right,” Mr Nash said. Wan­garatta Group Life Medal re­cip­i­ents were:

● 30 years: Ge­of­frey Wat­son from South Wan­garatta and Jim Buchan from El­do­rado;

● 35 years: Tony Sk­er­mer from El­do­rado;

● 40 years: Kevin McMa­hon from Springhurst; Mary Fer­gu­son and James Neary from Bowman-Mur­mungee;

● 45 years: Pe­ter Wadley from Laceby West; Kevin At­teridge from Springhurst;

● 50 years: Garry Allen from Ever­ton; Ken Hey­wood from Bowman-Mur­mungee; Mau­rice Welsh from Glen­rowan; and Arthur Ben­nett from Ever­ton;

● 55 years: Graeme Nor­man from Tar­rawingee; Ge­orge Ben­nett from Ever­ton; and Max Allen from Ever­ton;

● 60 years: Phillip McPher­son, Graeme Col­son and Gor­don Ker­ris from South Wan­garatta; David Fer­gu­son from Bowman-Mur­mungee; and Ron Hooper from Greta.

● 65 years: Ivan Lewis and Ed Duf­fus from Boorhaman.

AWARD RE­CIP­I­ENTS: (back row) Mau­rice Welsh, Neil Brock, Garry Allen, Tony Sk­er­mer, Max Allen. (sec­ond row) John Ban­nand, Gor­dan Ker­ris, Ivan Lewis, Kevin McMa­hon, Ge­orge Ben­nett, Stew­ert Krelt­szheim, Arthur Ben­nett, Graeme Nor­man, Ken Hey­wood, Graeme Col­son and Jim Buchan. (third row)Garry Cook, Ge­of­frey Wat­son, Phillip McPher­son, Ed­ward Duf­fus, Pe­ter Wadley, Mary Fer­gu­son, James Neary, Ron Hooper, Kevin At­teridge and In­spec­tor Ker­rie Hicks.

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