A number of members from the Ceduna unit of the South Australia State Emergency Service were presented with awards recognising their service to the community earlier this month.
SES general manager David Carman was in Ceduna to present the awards.
Mark Bedson received a national medal after 17 years and three months of service, while Grant Drummond was awarded the first clasp to his national medal and SES life membership for 32 years and nine months of service.
Donald Skinner received the first and second clasps to his national medal and a SES 40-year bar following 40 years and 10 months of service with the organisation, with Des Whitmarsh – who has been involved for 44 years and two months – handed a second clasp to his national medal.
Others to be recognised included Bev Bedson with SES life membership in recognition of her 36 years and 10 months of service, in addition to a SES life membership for Margaret Oakley after 26 years and five months of service.
Kevin Trewartha was out of town and will at a later date be presented with a second clasp to his national medal and SES life membership – he has been involved for 36 years and three months.
The collective service of the awardees is 234 years and six months and Ceduna unit manager Peter Codrington said it was great to have that experience on board.
“It’s tremendous to have people like that, who have dedicated so many years to the SES,” he said.
“Hopefully the next generation will take on the same sort of ideals that generation did.
“Usually we find once people join they enjoy the activity and helping the community and so stay members for a long time, now the next task is to get the next generation involved, although slowly we are seeing some more younger people join.”