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Albany volunteer firefighters recognised for decades of service at presentation night

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City of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington present Garth Roberts from the South Coast brigade with his 55-year service medal and Fire and Emergency Services commissioner Darren Klemm.
Camera IconCity of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington present Garth Roberts from the South Coast brigade with his 55-year service medal and Fire and Emergency Services commissioner Darren Klemm. Credit: Bob Symons

Volunteer firefighters from across Albany’s 16 brigades were recognised for their service at the City of Albany’s Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Service Medal presentations last month.

Fire and Emergency Services commissioner Darren Klemm, City of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington and chief executive Andrew Sharpe presented the awards at Retravision Stadium on August 19.

Bornholm brigade’s Michael Moran and Dennis Coombe, and South Coast brigade’s Garth Roberts were all awarded medals for 55 years of service.

King River brigade’s Alan Hawley, Youngs Siding fire control officer Kevin Martin and Torbay brigade’s Sheelagh Marshall were awarded medals for 50 years.

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City of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington presenting Dennis Coombe from the Bornholm brigade with his 55-year service medal and Fire and Emergency Services commissioner Darren Klemm
Camera IconCity of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington presenting Dennis Coombe from the Bornholm brigade with his 55-year service medal and Fire and Emergency Services commissioner Darren Klemm Credit: Bob Symons

Kenneth Johnson received a special mention for his 61 years of service after joining the Drome bushfire brigade, now the Highway brigade, in 1961.

National Medal clasps were awarded to six volunteers who had risked their lives or safety to protect of support the community in times of emergency or natural disaster.

The recipients of the clasps were Redmond’s Jan Flett, Kalgan’s Keith Andrews, King River’s Sandy Lyons, King River’s Brian Green, Youngs Siding’s John Shapland and Manypeak’s Brian Lester.

City of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington presenting Sheelagh Marshall from the Torbay brigade with her 50-year service medal and Fire and Emergency Services commissioner Darren Klemm
Camera IconCity of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington presenting Sheelagh Marshall from the Torbay brigade with her 50-year service medal and Fire and Emergency Services commissioner Darren Klemm Credit: Bob Symons

City of Albany chief bushfire control officer Rob Lynn said the awards recognised the crucial role of volunteers in the community.

“It’s a small token of recognition for the service these people have given over a long period of time for the safety of their communities,” he said.

“Most of the bushfire brigades do it to help protect their communities, and these awards are just a small way of recognising that service.”

“In the country, the bushfire brigades are very important because they are available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, they leave their work or families to attend fires.”

Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm presenting Brian May with his 45-year service medal
Camera IconFire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm presenting Brian May with his 45-year service medal Credit: Bob Symons
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm presenting Peter Diprose with his 40-year service medal
Camera IconFire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm presenting Peter Diprose with his 40-year service medal Credit: Bob Symons
City of Albany chief executive Andrew Sharpe presenting Brian Green with his 25-year service medal
Camera IconCity of Albany chief executive Andrew Sharpe presenting Brian Green with his 25-year service medal Credit: Bob Symons
City of Albany chief executive Andrew Sharpe presenting Gwen May with her 25-year service medal
Camera IconCity of Albany chief executive Andrew Sharpe presenting Gwen May with her 25-year service medal Credit: Bob Symons
City of Albany chief executive Andrew Sharpe presenting a medal to Sandy Lyon
Camera IconCity of Albany chief executive Andrew Sharpe presenting a medal to Sandy Lyon Credit: Bob Symons
City of Albany chief executive Andrew Sharpe presenting Boyd Willoughby with his 25-year service medal
Camera IconCity of Albany chief executive Andrew Sharpe presenting Boyd Willoughby with his 25-year service medal Credit: Bob Symons
City of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington presenting Dianne Fry with her 30-year service medal
Camera IconCity of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington presenting Dianne Fry with her 30-year service medal Credit: Bob Symons
City of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington presenting David Parnell with his 30-year service medal
Camera IconCity of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington presenting David Parnell with his 30-year service medal Credit: Bob Symons
City of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington presenting Jan Flett with her 30-year service medal
Camera IconCity of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington presenting Jan Flett with her 30-year service medal Credit: Bob Symons

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