Volunteers recognised at Shire’s Emergency Services Awards Night

Published on Friday, 7 July 2023 at 1:14:03 PM

The outstanding contribution local firefighters and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers make to the Serpentine Jarrahdale community was in the spotlight at the Shire’s Emergency Services Awards Night on Friday, 30 June 2023.

More than 50 volunteers received well-deserved recognition for their service on the night.

One of those volunteers recognised was Mundijong Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade’s Les Harris, who was awarded for a staggering 45 Years of Service.

Carolyn Fawcett and Christine Morris, who each volunteer with the Emergency Support Brigade, were recognised for 30 Years of Service.

Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale President Cr Michelle Rich congratulated award recipients and thanked all local emergency services personnel for their work in keeping the Shire safe.

“We live in a community that often feels the brunt of natural disasters, from bushfire threats in the summer to harsh storms during the winter,” Cr Rich said.

“This makes our local volunteers in SJ particularly valuable to our community. Their tireless effort and dedication in not only responding to emergencies, but also ensuring our Shire is prepared in the lead up, is remarkable.

“It’s also important to recognise the families of volunteers. Their dedication, patience and support play a major role in enabling and empowering our emergency services personnel.

“This awards evening is an opportunity for us to say thanks and recognise the effort of everyone who works hard to keep our Shire safe.”

The 2023 instalment of the awards night marked the first time the Shire held the evening as an official civic event.

Awards were presented by dignitaries including Member for Darling Range Hugh Jones MLA, Federal Member for Canning Andrew Hastie, Department of Fire and Emergency Services Chief Superintendent Peter Sutton and State Emergency Services District Officer Todd Pender.

2023 Award Recipients

Chief’s Meritorious Award

  • Rupert Richardson (Mundijong)

Captain’s Awards

  • Deb Williams (Byford)
  • Calan Dumbrell (Serpentine)
  • Katelyn Numan (Keysbrook)
  • Jason White (Mundijong)
  • Sarah Warren (Oakford)
  • Hazel Woodland (Emergency Support Brigade)

State Emergency Services Awards

  • Jeff Walton (SES 5 years)
  • Mel Fowler (SES 5 years)
  • Ben Simpson (SES 10 years)
  • Martin Seward (SES 20 years)

National Medals

  • Trevor Bridgehouse (Serpentine)
  • Matthew Clark (Byford)
  • Debra Jones (Mundijong)
  • Jason Maddern (Byford)
  • Jacobus Stokman (Serpentine)
  • Elizabeth Willison (Serpentine)
  • Savio Mendonca (Serpentine)
  • Christine Waywood (Serpentine)

45 Years of Service

  • Les Harris (Mundijong)

30 Years of Service

  • Carolyn Fawcett (Emergency Support Brigade)
  • Christine Morris (Emergency Support Brigade)

25 Years of Service

  • Hazel Woodland (Emergency Support Brigade)

20 Years of Service

  • Craig Bown (Byford)
  • Kenneth Bunney (Jarrahdale)
  • Jeffrey Palmer (Jarrahdale)
  • Rupert Richardson (Mundijong)

15 Years of Service

  • Debra Jones (Mundijong)
  • John Flegeltaub (Serpentine)
  • Savio Mendonca (Serpentine)
  • Christine Waywood (Serpentine)

10 Years of Service

  • Joshua Patriarca (Byford)
  • Dylan Bucktrout (Mundijong)
  • Ashley Schoof (Mundijong)
  • Matt Gibbins (Serpentine)
  • Julie Hollis (Serpentine)
  • Kathryn Buttfield (Emergency Support Brigade)

5 Years of Service

  • Owen McConnel (Byford)
  • Rory Parent (Byford)
  • Jared Atkinson (Jarrahdale)
  • Nikita Daly (Jarrahdale)
  • Brian Wall (Jarrahdale)
  • Anne Cooper (Mundijong)
  • Kylie Richardson (Mundijong)
  • Leith White (Mundijong)
  • Lisa Fitzsimmons (Serpentine)
  • Trevor Starcevich (Serpentine)
  • Wayne McKay (Serpentine)
  • Laith Wherritt (Serpentine)
  • Cherie Barron (Emergency Support Brigade)
  • Matthew Peirce (Emergency Support Brigade)

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