The Valley Heights Rural Fire Brigade celebrated its sixtieth anniversary on Saturday 20 October and many of its firefighters received medals.
National medals were presented to members in recognition of their years of diligent service—people who go above and beyond what is expected of active members of brigades.
Peter Linnegar, David Kelly, Hugh Paterson and Stephen Price were acknowledged for 18 years, 22 years, 24 years and 27 years of service respectively.
Long Service Medal recipients included Geoff Bailey, Marie Butler, Heidi-Anne Colquhoun, Peter McDonald, Robert Schnebli and Stephen Skinner.
Badges were presented to new members of the brigade who have achieved one year's consistent and committed dedication to the brigade: Gene Brennan, Sue Hayes, Mark Murray, Skye McGuinness, Jesse Nicholls, Hayley Stone and Tina Thomson.
As we in the Blue Mountains reflect upon the fifth anniversary of the 2013 fires and their aftermath, I thank and honour the fabulous Valley Heights Rural Fire Brigade.