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10 Year Long Service Medals

L to R: C. Oakley, J. Lewington (RFSA), J. Wyatt, M. Cook, Supt. J. Cullen, L. Hartley, A. Taylor (Brigade President)

Photo: David Gallan

Superintendent John Cullen from Bega RFS headquarters today presented long service medals — for 10 years continual service — to four members of the Tathra Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade.
The members honoured were Deputy Captain Lance Hartley (12 years service), Carl Oakley (14 years), Max Cook (13 years) and John ‘Doc’ Wyatt (10 years).
Supt. Cullen paid tribute to the loyalty and reliability all had shown, but also had praiseworthy comments to make about each of the men.

Max Cook – "has always been there" and was instrumental in establishing the current Tathra Station back in 2009.

Lance Hartley, he said, was a solid brigade member who always ensured that the brigade communicated well with Fire Control.

Carl Oakley, as equipment officer, and a man “who loves the game”, was a very important member of the team. “He’s the kind of member you need in the brigade,” Supt. Cullen said.

Doc Wyatt, he said, was invariably the first officer to respond when there was a fire call.

“It’s not about the numbers in the brigade but who makes themselves available when there is a call-out,” Supt Cullen said. Speaking of all the men he said: "Ten years plus in any organisation is a big effort and my congratulations are extended to you all.”

Anthony Taylor