Long-time Warrimoo firefighter Norval Thyrd was given a posthumous award of recognition at the January 28 council meeting, accepted by his widow Anne.
The award and plaque, issued by NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons, was presented by Blue Mountains Bushfire Recovery Co-ordinator and former RFS Commissioner Phil Koperberg and Blue Mountains mayor Mark Greenhill.
It pays tribute to Mr Thyrd’s outstanding contribution to Warrimoo Rural Fire Brigade for more than 20 years since joining in the early 1960s, serving in various capacities from volunteer to deputy captain. Mr Thyrd’s major contribution to the building of Warrimoo brigade’s fire station was particularly noted.
He died in 2002.
“Deputy Captain Norval Thyrd was professional in everything he did and was an integral part of the evolution of the Warrimoo brigade,” Mr Koperberg said.
“As a close associate of Norval I can say unequivocally he was dedicated to the welfare and protection of the community, putting others’ lives before his own.
“On a number of occasions he put his life on the line in the call of duty.
“Norval was an absolutely outstanding member of the RFS and of our community.”
His widow, Anne, said, “the Warrimoo Fire Brigade was a wonderful part of all our lives.”
Mayor Greenhill said Mr Thyrd’s hard work and dedication had finally received the just and proper recognition it deserved, giving a sense of pride and honour to his family, friends and to his memory.
“This official recognition of Norval Thyrd reflects our appreciation for all RFS and emergency services volunteers and the important role they play in protecting our community,” Clr Greenhill said.