It was ‘celebrations all round’ recently when members of the Wellsford Volunteer Fire Brigade met to acknowledge long-serving volunteers, at a medal ceremony.
Fourteen members were recipients of certificates, bars and medals for service ranging from three years to thirty-three years, recognising their commitment to the community. One recipient, Reg Phillips, also received a Life Honorary medal for 15 years’ service with the brigade.
In recognition of the significant contribution and support from friends and family members, the elite Gold Star Long Service awards and Life Honorary medals are presented to members who have served more than 25 years in the fire service.
Three of these special awards were presented at the honours evening. Peter Bowmar carried on the tradition of his father Jim, and brother Trevor, who have previously received gold star awards. He was joined by Kerry Tupp and Harendra Sundar.
“I guess it is an achievement and a pleasure working beside them all over the years, and now with my son and daughter — watching them mature through training and skills gained with life experiences. It is a big family culture, which helps in all directions,” said Trevor Bowmar.
In total, Wellsford has had 23 gold stars presented in its history. These medals presented were numbered 7809, 7810, 7811, which is the total number of gold star medals handed out since 1887.