TWELVE Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteers from brigades across the Gloucester district were recognised for their commitment to the organisation and their communities earlier this month.
NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons was on hand to present the members with long service medals, recognising their efforts over more than half a century.
Among those to receive medals were Eric Schneider, Joe White and Kenneth Connelly, who have each dedicated more than 50 years to the service.
Kenneth has clocked up 60 years of service, while Eric and Joe have both volunteered for 53 years. Inspector Andrew Brown was also presented with the National Medal for 15 years of service to the RFS.
Commissioner Fitzsimmons was joined by local dignitaries including council’s general manager Danny Green, Cr Aled Hoggett and Gloucster-Great Lakes RFS district manager Jim Blackmore to acknowledge the volunteers’ unwavering dedication to their local communities and thank them for selflessly giving up their time.
“This diverse area is no stranger to bush fires so it’s great to see so many of our dedicated volunteers giving so much of their time to helping keep their community safe,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.
“Some of the members being recognised today have been serving with their brigades for more than 40, 50 and even 60 years, which is a remarkable admirable achievement.”
Commissioner Fitzsimmons paid tribute to Mr Connolly.
“Despite being busy running his cattle property, Kenneth Connolly has found time to serve with the NSW RFS for more than 60 years,” he said.
“He’s also fought countless fires and attended calls whenever his brigade needs him.”