Between them, six Macarthur bush fire brigade members have served our community for almost 200 years.
That’s why on Saturday night they were the centre of attention when their years of service and dedication were celebrated at a special presentation ceremony in wests Leagues Club at Leumeah.
NSW Rural Fire Service assistant commissioner Jason Heffernan joined local volunteers to present five long service medals and four national medals to these long serving Macarthur zone members.
Among them were Lido Turrin, who boasts more than 60 years of service and who was presented with the fifth clasp of his NSW RFS long service medal and fourth clasp of the national medal.
Mr Turrin has been a dedicated volunteer member of the NSW RFS for 63 years after joining Kentlyn Bush Fire Brigade in 1956.
He has held numerous positions with both the Kentlyn and Minto Heights Brigades over the years and also spent time serving volunteers as the deputy fire control officer for the Campbelltown District.
Mr Turrin has previously received the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) and life membership of the Kentlyn Brigade, where he continues to be a valued member as deputy captain.
Andrew McDonald, with 38 years of service, was also recognised on Saturday night when he was presented with the second clasp of his long service medal.
He has been a member since 1981 and continues to provide expertise, especially in aviational matters.
“Andrew has been a diligent member of the NSW RFS for an exceptional period of time for which we are truly grateful,” assistant commissioner Heffernan said.
“These members do not volunteer their time for the accolades, however these medals are a proud acknowledgement of the commitment shown by these individuals over the years,” he said.
“More than 192 years of service were recognised on Saturday evening and I know that the community is thankful for the world class level of fire protection afforded to them by volunteers across the Macarthur district.
“I personally extend my gratitude to all of our dedicated firefighters for their continued service to and for the community.”
Assistant Commissioner Heffernan said that each volunteer being recognised at the presentation had demonstrated an exceptional level of commitment to their community.
“I offer my sincere thanks and gratitude to all the NSW RFS staff and volunteers who continue to work hard for their communities,’’ he said.
“We must also thank the family, friends, employers and colleagues of these and all volunteers. We know it takes their support and patience to help Rural Fire Service members do what they do.”