Gumma's Daryl Lang received special mention yesterday (Sunday) at the medal presentation ceremony honouring NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) volunteers from the Lower North Coast Team for their long-standing commitment to the community.
Darryl was awarded a long service medal 5th clasp in recognition of his 61 years of service.
“Darryl joined the Gumma Brigade in 1957, where he was Captain for 14 years,” NSW RFS Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.
“He also held the rank of Deputy Group Captain and Group Captain before retiring in 2012. His leadership and commitment to developing the skills of volunteers in the Nambucca region is commendable.”
Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons presented 42 long service medals and 14 national medals to 50 volunteers in recognition of their service and dedication.
“In total, this represents 1,155 years of combined service across the Lower North Coast area,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.
He also paid special tribute to Stephen Flockton, a well-respected member who sadly passed away last year.
“I am humbled to present Stephen’s family with his National Medal 1st Clasp in recognition of his distinguished service to fire agencies across three states for more than 25 years.
“Stephen devoted countless hours to the NSW RFS as Senior Deputy Captain and Captain of the Eungai Brigade for five years, where he mentored so many members across the region.”
Commissioner Fitzsimmons said praised everyone for their efforts and said it was an honour to present the awards.
"This event gives us a moment in which we can reflect upon the outstanding achievements of these members.”