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Yea Group members honoured
A National Emergency Medal presentation on Sunday 24 November at the Kinglake Community Centre has honoured members of the Yea Group and recognise their contribution to the community during the campaign fires of 2009.
Volunteers from Flowerdale, Glenburn, Highlands-Caveat, Kinglake District, Kinglake West, Toolangi and Yea Brigades were among the recipients, along with personnel from District 12.
Kinglake Fire Brigade Captain Craig Lawless said that while the volunteers in the area were all affected by Black Saturday personally, they still put in for their community.
“They showed true spirit and pride in volunteering and getting the job done that needed to be done,” he said.
“Our volunteers still continue to volunteer their time and effort into the recovery after the fires and into the future for any future events.
“CFA Sunday is a great day to recognise our volunteers that served the community on and after Black Saturday, they are being recognised for their dedication, courage, mateship, pride and service to the community, which is the heart and soul of all volunteers and what the CFA has become to be recognised for.
“The National Emergency Medal will help to provide some closure for some members of the brigades and community, as we near the five year anniversary, it has not been forgotten what members went through and their dedication is being recognised.
“Now nearly five years after the Black Saturday fires, it is great for all CFA members to be recognised for the contributions they made to the community,” said Craig.
The ceremony was attended by VIPs including the Member for Seymour Cindy McLeish, Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green, Emergency Services Commissioner Michael Hallowes, CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson, CFA Hume Regional Director Alan Davies, Hume Region, and DEPI Chief Officer Alan Goodwin.