Members of the NSW SES Canowindra unit, along with 16 other NSW Emergency Service (NSW SES) volunteers have been recognised at a special event in Orange last week.
NSW Upper House MP Sam Farraway, who presented awards on behalf of the Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott, congratulated the recipients for their commitment to the safety of their community.
“To see so many volunteers spend 10, 20 and even 30 years with NSW SES in the pursuit of keeping their communities safe is incredible,” Mr Farraway said.
“These milestones and their ongoing work with the service, I am sure, will inspire others to join in protecting their fellow community members from storms and floods.”
Commissioner York said these volunteers, who work with the Canowindra, Eugowra, Molong, and Orange City Units, are incredibly passionate and dedicated. “Together, they represent a total of 315 years of combined service,” Commissioner York said.
“It is wonderful to see our volunteers dedicate so many years for the benefit of others. Over the last three years, these volunteers have helped respond to more than 1,000 requests for assistance in their local communities.”
“It would be amazing to see how many they have responded to over the decades.” Commissioner York added that without volunteers, there would be no NSW SES.
The National Medal, an award which recognises long and diligent service in organisations that protect life and property at some risk to their members, was awarded to Canowindra’s Jeanette Bowd, who received it for 15 years of service. Marlene Neville, also from Canowindra, received a clasp for her additional years of service after receiving the National Medal ten years ago. Congratulations to both of these wonderful members who continue to give up time serving our community!