Honour for firies

Back Robert Norrie, Mayor Graeme Miller, Malcom Wythes, Gennie Wythes, Robert Wythes, Annette Wythes, Kevin Norrie (middle) Rick Cutcliffe, Senior Assistant Commissioner Bruce McDonald AFSM, Merv Langfield, Malcolm Langfield, Murray Thomas (front) Inspector Robyn Favelle and Superintendent Paul Whiteley AFSM.
Back Robert Norrie, Mayor Graeme Miller, Malcom Wythes, Gennie Wythes, Robert Wythes, Annette Wythes, Kevin Norrie (middle) Rick Cutcliffe, Senior Assistant Commissioner Bruce McDonald AFSM, Merv Langfield, Malcolm Langfield, Murray Thomas (front) Inspector Robyn Favelle and Superintendent Paul Whiteley AFSM.

The NSW Rural Fire Service has honoured the volunteers of the Bandon Brigade for their ongoing commitment to the local community.

Nineteen volunteers have been presented with long service medals, recognising an accumulated 803 years of service, by NSW RFS Senior Assistant Commissioner Bruce McDonald AFSM.

“This is testament to the ongoing commitment shown by Mid Lachlan Valley volunteers to both the NSW RFS and the local community,” Senior Assistant Commissioner McDonald said.

“Notably three of the recipients today have given 55 or more years each in service to their communities,” Senior Assistant Commissioner McDonald said.

Senior Assistant Commissioner McDonald gave particular mention of Merv Langfield from the Bandon Brigade for his 72 years service.

“Merv joined the Rural Fire Service in 1946, originally with the Greenethorpe Brigade and has always been a committed, valued member,” Senior Assistant Commissioner McDonald said.

“I also congratulate Ula Langfield on being a worthy recipient, a member whose vast local knowledge has been appreciated since she joined in 1961.”

Senior Assistant Commissioner McDonald also praised Robert Wythes, a current member of the Bandon Brigade, who has given 55 years’ service to protecting the communities he has lived in.

“Today’s recipients ... dedicate themselves to providing a vital service to the community and these medals are our proud acknowledgement of their efforts,” Senior Assistant Commissioner McDonald said.

“We must also thank the family, friends and colleagues of these and all volunteers. We know it takes their support and patience to help Rural Fire Service members do what they do.”

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