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Top gong for brigade founder
Ballarat resident and long-time former CFA member, Kenneth Broadbent has been awarded an OAM for sixty years of outstanding service to the community.
In that time, Ken has served as a shire councillor and with fourteen other service organisations.
While Ken is no longer a member of CFA, he can proudly claim to be a founding member of the Leslie Manor Brigade when it became a CFA brigade in the mid 1940’s.
Ken recalls he and his brother were asked to assist with the transition of Leslie Manor to the newly formed Country Fire Authority that was then in its formative years.
“There was no truck provided by CFA, so we had to get our own,” he remembers.
The two brothers bought an ex-army lend lease Chevrolet truck and fitted it with two Furphy tanks and a pump.
“It was a step up from fighting fires with only wet bags and knap sacks,” Ken mused.
Leslie Manor was in those days part of District 21, which today is within CFA District 6.
“I was a member of the fire brigade for more than thirty years but following some heart troubles I moved on to other service organisations.”
87 year old Ken is a former farmer and quarry operator. The citation for his OAM reveals more than forty years of service as a District Governor Rotary International and a major benefactor of the Rotary Foundation.