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Tolmie volunteers honoured
Chief Officer Euan Ferguson presented his Commendation for Courage Award to Tolmie and District brigade members Trevor Mahon and John Johnson in a special ceremony at the fire station in mid May.
Story by David Mims
Around 50 guests from Tolmie and Tatong brigades, Mansfield group, State Emergency Service, along with Mansfield Shire councillor Marg Attley, CFA Operations Manager Stewart Kreltzhiem and family and friends watched Trevor and John receive a framed certificate and formal dress ribbon.
With the events of 10 January, 2010 − where CFA volunteer Hugh Monroe was killed when the fire truck was involved in an accident − still painfully fresh in the memories of those involved, it was a solemn and moving occasion.
In presenting the awards, Euan spoke of the recently held annual CFA memorial service that recognises and honours the 67 CFA firefighters killed on active duty, and the roll of honour on display at Fiskville that lists the names of those people, including Hugh Monroe.
Reading from the citation, Euan said, “On 10 January 2010, Tolmie and District fire brigade’s tanker rolled over resulting in a fatality and four volunteers injured. The accident occurred in a remote area with no mobile phone or radio coverage. Despite being in extreme pain from unknown injuries later found to be severe, John Johnson and Trevor Mahon walked several kilometres to the nearest property to get help.
“In doing so, John Johnson and Trevor Mahon demonstrated to the highest level the spirit of CFA.”
At the end of the ceremony, refreshments were served in the community hall, giving those present a chance to reflect, remember and, most importantly, continue to move forward and celebrate the community spirit and support flourishing at Tolmie.
Reprinted courtesy of Mansfield Courier
Photo by Milton Taylor
From left to right, Captain Leon Storer, Trevor Mahon, Chief Officer Euan Ferguson, John Johnson, Operations Manager Stewart Kreltszheim