Firefighters’ service acknowledged

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Efforts have been recognised across Upper Clutha’s volunteer fire brigades.

Seventeen volunteer firefighters were presented with medals, gold bars and certificates during a combined awards ceremony at the Warbirds and Wheels Museum last Saturday night.

The Luggate brigade hosted the event, which was also attended by Wanaka and Lake Hawea representatives.

Luggate Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief Fire Officer Rod Anderson said securing the museum for the occasion was “extremely fortunate”.

“Our hall now is non-existent so to have somewhere [else to go was great].”

Among the awards presented was a Gold Star, given to Alan Humphrey for 25 years’ service to the brigade.

“When there’s a Gold Star we like to have it in [the recipient’s] home [town]. So, we managed to get [the museum] and that was just absolutely brilliant. It put the cream on the cake.”

However, not everyone was available to accept their award on the night.

Some of the recipients were in France at present competing in the World Rescue Challenge, so they would receive their awards when they returned, Mr Anderson said.

 

Roll of honour

Wanaka Volunteer Fire Brigade

  • Jodie Rainsford 5 year medal (5 years)
  • Tony Wellman 2 year gold bar (29 yrs)
  • Dave Little 2 year gold bar (31 yrs)
  • Ralf Fegan 2 year gold bar (35 yrs)
  • Ken McKenzie 2 year gold bar (43 yrs)

Lake Hawea Volunteer Fire Brigade

  • Ethan French 3 year certificate (3 yrs)
  • Lorne Capell 5 year medal (5 yrs)
  • Tony Williams 2 year bar (9 yrs)
  • Joseph Oaks 2 year bar (9 yrs)
  • Liz Matheson 2 year bar (15 yrs)
  • Liz Matheson 14 years long service good conduct medal
  • Brent Arthur 14 years long service good conduct medal

Luggate Volunteer Fire Brigade

  • Lisa Chambers 3 year certificate (4 yrs)
  • Alan Dyet 3 year certificate (3 yrs)
  • Sharon Dyet 3 year certificate (3 yrs)
  • Terry Frisby 3 year certificate (3 yrs)
  • Rod Anderson 2 year gold bar (47 yrs)
  • Alan Humphrey Gold Star (25 yrs)

 

ALEXIA.JOHNSTON

@alliedpress.co.nz