Firefighters honoured at awards

THE bravery and dedication of Golden Square's volunteer firefighters was recognised on Saturday night through a ceremony for long service.

Firefighters and operations personnel were awarded certificates and medals for service ranging between five and 50 years.

State Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley attended the ceremony to speak about his new role.

CFA board member Michael Tudball also attended to present the National Award to Peter Rogasch, for long and diligent service.

First lieutenant Tim McNeilly said the event offered a terrific chance to acknowledge the hard work of volunteers, particularly Carl Turpie and Matthew Atkins, who won the life member awards.

“Both of those members have served as officers for the brigade and they both play a key role as firefighters and mentors," he said.

“Both of them were heavily involved in the Black Saturday fires and both of them have had interstate deployments as well.”

Another vital award went to Geoffrey Turpie, who has been serving in the CFA for 50 years. 

Mr McNeilly said the night was great fun and a good chance to meet and socialise with colleagues from neighbouring brigades. 

"It was a real family night," he said.

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