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Local firefighters recognised for their service

By Corowa Free Press

Rutherglen CFA firefighters were recognised for their service at a presentation night, held last Saturday, October 19.

The Rutherglen Fire Station’s engine room was transformed into a dining and presentation area, with the brigade’s first appliance, a 1927 Chevrolet, used as a backdrop for the momentous occasion.

Nine firefighters were presented with the prestige of a national medal, which is awarded for diligent long service to the community in hazardous circumstances, including in times of emergency and national disaster, in direct protection of life and property.  It is Australia’s most awarded civilian medal.

Milton Thompson was presented with his first, second and third clasp, each representing ten more years of service under the national medal criteria.

Rutherglen CFA life membership was presented to Glenn Marquison, in recognition for eight years as captain and 25 years of diligent service to the Rutherglen Fire Brigade.

In addition, life memberships were presented to Jim Baskett and Tony Cooper for 40 years of dedicated and diligent service to the Country Fire Authority, as approved by the Operations Manager of district 24.

Full list of awards:

Jason Goudie – 25 year service award

Aaron Benbow – National Medal

Chloe Rowland – 5 year service award

Milton Thompson – National Medal 

John Pleming – National Medal

Murray Jenner – National Medal

Tony Cooper – National Medal and CFA life membership

Jim Baskett – National Medal and CFA life membership

Glenn Marquison – National Medal and Rutherglen Fire Brigade life membership

Tom Ambrose – 5 year service award

Brett Myers – CFA District 24 Commander

Natalie Keaveney – National Medal

Murray Thompson – National Medal (received by his father)