COUNTRY Fire Authority deputy chief officer for Victoria Alan Ellis, formerly of Bendigo, had the honour of presenting his 85-year-old father a national medal for his work on Black Saturday.
Alan Ellis presented about 150 National Emergency Medals in Bendigo on Sunday, one of which went to his father George Ellis snr.
“It was quite an honour. It was a really proud moment for me," Alan said.
"He’s the reason I’m in the fire brigade. I joined as a volunteer actually, just after Ash Wednesday."
George defended his property and neighbouring properties at Long Gully from a fire on Black Saturday in 2009.
While Alan was working in a control centre, focusing on a fire at East Kilmore, his father was working with a garden hose to save the shed which housed his plumbing business.
"It wasn’t a bad effort for a man of 80,'' Alan said.
"He was a long-time volunteer firefighter and he was able to do some good work because of his training."