30/10/2013 12:00:00 a.m.
30 October 2013
Four Wanganui rural fire fighters were commended for their long service by Mayor Annette Main in a medal ceremony at the Council Chambers on Tuesday.
Richard Terrey and Neil Rowan have dedicated 21 years to the service, while Jim Robinson was recognised for 16 years and Gavin Price for 14 years.
Each man received a long service medal for service and conduct, engraved with their names and personally approved by Queen Elizabeth II. They were joined by Bernie Rush, Area Manager, New Zealand Fire Service, who spoke about the history of the medals, which originated in the early 1880s in England.
The four firefighters have attended numerous fires at all hours of the day and night, fighting accidental and arson fires.
Mayor Annette Main said it was a fitting time to commend the hard work the men had accomplished over the years, in light of the Rural Fire team’s participation in the recent Whanganui River flooding.
"Only a couple of weeks ago we saw the wonderful work done by our Rural Fire staff during the potential flooding of parts of the city. They were quickly on the job, assisting in the evacuation of residents as the water rose around their homes.
“Rural firefighters are the people who are on the ground, making sure everyone is safe in times of emergency and working to control fires in our rural areas. We owe them an enormous debt of gratitude and it is fitting that we honour them with service medals." The men were also joined by their families at the ceremony.