Honouring lifesaving efforts and longstanding service
A ceremony at Government House Ballroom on Tuesday 4 October honoured Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) career firefighters and staff for their dedicated long service, while others were recognised for their outstanding achievements.
Firefighter Andrew Strunk was awarded a Certificate of Commendation after his quick thinking most likely saved the life of a woman trapped in a crushed car when a brick wall came down in Claremont earlier this year.
Andrew was off duty and training at a nearby gym when he saw the wall collapse at the Matilda Bay Brewing Company. With the casualty still inside the vehicle, he made the decision to move the car away from the crumbling building, preventing any further injuries.
The Certificate, presented by Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm, is the highest of DFES’ Meritorious Service Awards. It is awarded to individuals or groups who have made a significant contribution through their dedication to duty or acts of bravery in a specific incident.
DFES Training Support Officer Darlene Hatherley was awarded a Certificate of Distinction for her continual efforts, going above and beyond expectations in the coordination of training in the eastern metropolitan area.
A Certificate of Service and plaque was awarded to Senior Firefighter Alan Brown who hung up his tunic after 22 years of service. Alan served at Perth and Welshpool Fire Stations and trained many firefighters as a Breathing Apparatus Training Officer.
An outstanding 58 recipients were eligible to receive their National Medals, Clasps, and Emergency Services Diligent Services Medals this year. The medals are given in honour of their longstanding and diligent service to the community.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm praised the efforts and hard work of all recipients and their amazing dedication to keeping the State safe.
“Emergency services require a certain type of person who is willing to put their hand up to run head first into a disaster without a second thought,” Commissioner Klemm said.
“In my 27 years working in emergency services, it is clear to me that you are all here because you are driven by the desire to help and protect those in their time of need, and every one of you here has played a significant role to keeping our State safe.”