NSW Rural Fire Service volunteers from the Blue Mountains district were honoured for their longstanding commitment to the community at a special medal presentation last week.
NSW Liberal MP Shayne Mallard and NSW RFS Assistant Commissioner Rebel Talbert presented 15 national medals and 13 long service medals to 27 volunteers in recognition of their service and dedication to the community.
"In total, this represents 791 years of combined service across the Blue Mountains district, including three members who have each given 50 years' service to their brigades and communities," Mr Mallard, a Katoomba resident and member of the Legislative Council, said.
"Every one of the volunteers being recognised are worthy of our most sincere thanks and I personally commend them, not only for their commitment to the service, but also to their community."
Assistant Commissioner Talbert made particular mention of William Marks, who received the long service medal 4th clasp in recognition of his 50 years.
"William joined the service in 1967 as a member of the Bullaburra brigade, then Hazelbrook and then as a member of Mt Riverview brigade since 1972, where he has since received life membership," Assistant Commissioner Talbert said.
"I would also like to acknowledge Mt Riverview brigade's Alan Spears and Dennis Hancock for their respective 50 years' service, their commitment and enthusiasm is much appreciated.
"The hard work and professionalism of all Blue Mountains district volunteers does not go unnoticed and this is a great opportunity for the broader community to express their gratitude and say thank you," Assistant Commissioner Talbert said.