It should have been Barry Nevill’s night and it was, but some of the limelight was deservedly shone the way of his wife Janine.
The adage ‘‘behind every great man is a great woman’’ was to the fore as Mr Nevill was belatedly recognised for 25 years service to the Clyde Volunteer Fire Brigade with a Gold Star from the United Fire Brigades Association (UFBA).
Mr Nevill’s turnout rate for the brigade is impressive — more than 99.2% attendance at musters.
But by his admission, Mrs Nevill a former Alexandra brigade member, took some credit, at a function attended by other members of the brigade, Mr Nevill’s extended family, UFBA, Fire and Emergency Services and other dignitaries at the Clyde District War Memorial hall on Saturday.
That credit was specifically for starting Mr Nevill ute while he found his socks and answered the call of nature.
Mr Nevill joined the brigade in June 1994 and technically should have received the honour earlier but Covid-19 had prevented an official presentation.
That meant Mr Nevill was also due a Gold Bar for additional service to the brigade.
A committed family man, Mr Nevill said the recognition was about them.
‘‘It’s about family, I’m a family man more than anything.’’
That family extended to his fellow firefighters and he credited the camaraderie forged during often difficult circumstances as also being important to him.
Other Clyde firefighters recognised with UFBA honours included:
Three-year certificate: Ryan Hansford.
Five-year service medals: Gordon Pay and Jamie Cameron.
Silver bar (five years’ plus every two years): Tim Paulin, Kris Robb, Peter Jenkins (all x2), Murray Petrie, and Stacey Haig.
Gold bar: John Haig (x2).
The Robin Oliver Memorial Trophy for the firefighter who offered the most support to the chief fire officer was awarded to deputy chief fire officer Tim Paulin.