Volunteers honoured at SES awards after 40 years
FORTY years ago, Linda Frawley was among the first Rockhampton regional State Emergency Service volunteers who strapped on their boots and set off to establish the SES as it is known today.
Ms Frawley was last week recognised at the SES Week awards for 40 years of tireless dedication to the service and the lively 87-year-old isn't about to give up her orange overalls.
Joining Ms Frawley in the awards glory, deputy local controller Cheryl Ireland took out the regional member of the year award, but said it was support from people like Ms Frawley who made the group work so successfully. "It is very encouraging but I have to say it takes a team of many people," she said.
"I am accepting the award on behalf of all the members," she said.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services acting assistant commissioner SES Peter Jeffrey said Ms Ireland was a deserving recipient of the award which acknowledged her tireless efforts within the SES.
"Cheryl has been identified as a key member of the Rockhampton Regional Council SES Unit Incident Management Team and has often taken on the role of Incident Controller during major operations," he said.
"She is a true leader who highlights the reason SES volunteers are one of the most trusted emergency volunteer groups in Australia."