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Reefton members honoured
The mountain hamlet of Reefton has celebrated 30 years of the local brigade protecting lives and property at celebration recently.
The anniversary was made even more special, with the presentation of National Emergency Medals, the Chief Officer's Unit Citation for Courage and service awards to brigade members by CO Euan Ferguson.
The medals, recently struck to honour service during the 2009 bushfires, were presented to members of a crew who exhibited extraordinary courage and commitment in rescuing a resident trapped by fire at Camberville on February 7.
Danny Bennett, Andrew McDonald, Andrew Kane, Ross Minifie, Kathy Tilley and Rachel Bennett were presented their National Emergency Medals in the presence of Casey Federal MP and Parliamentary Secretary Tony Smith, Mayor of Yarra Ranges Shire Jim Childs, CFA Eastern Metropolitan Regional Director Dave Baker and Acting Operations Manager Don Tomkins, as well as numerous senior volunteers from the local area.
The event was also an opportunity to honour significant service milestones and catch up with past and absent members, including Captain Danny Bennett, and Secretary Jane Bennett who have taken a year’s leave of absence.
The following members were recognised with other awards:
30 years service
10 years service
Andrew Kane, Andy McDonald, Cathy McDonald, Danny Bennett, Susan Holman
5 years service
Zoey McDonald, Kathy Tilley, Rachel Bennett, Jedda Edwards, Jane Abbott
Members of the Junior Brigade were also recognised with a Certificate of Appreciation.
Acting Captain Andy McDonald said it was a wonderful day in the history of the Brigade which would be long remembered.
"The event was important recognition that no matter how small a community is, when its people come together, they can achieve incredible things," Andy said.
"We've always been a tight-knit bunch, but the anniversary of the Brigade and recognition of our members has galvanised us even more."