Volunteers honoured for service

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
Leif Thomas receives his 10-year award from district officer Leon Gardiner.
Camera IconLeif Thomas receives his 10-year award from district officer Leon Gardiner.

Volunteers who give up their time when residents need them most were honoured with medals and certificates at the Augusta-Margaret River State Emergency Services annual general meeting on Monday night.

Long-standing members were presented with certificates and medals from district officer Leon Gardiner.

Among the recipients were Sue Doyle who received the national medal for 15 years’ service, and Lewis Hawkins, Leif Thomas, and Kurt Hoppe honoured for 10-year long service awards. Receiving five-year meritorious service awards were Deb Reuben, Tamara Callaghan, Carrie-Ann Philips, David Hull. and Rebecca Lickel.

Local manager Adrian Yates said he was proud of the local team and their “exemplary service”.

“Over the previous 12 months, members of the unit have donated almost 4000 hours of volunteer time, assisting with storm damage, searching for missing persons, and working alongside St John ambulance volunteers to assist injured people in remote areas,” he said.

“Local SES volunteers also help our community prepare for emergencies through events like the SES Open Day, Wear Orange Wednesday and social media publications.”

Mr Yates said SES volunteers were called on in a range of difficult situations and new volunteers were welcome and valued. To get involved email manager@sesamr.com.au or visit their Facebook page.

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