Horsham SES celebrates 50 years of service

HONOUR: Nola Smith, Les Power, David Chenoweth, Crystal Saunders and Jason Woodhart were recognised for their efforts. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

HONOUR: Nola Smith, Les Power, David Chenoweth, Crystal Saunders and Jason Woodhart were recognised for their efforts. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

HORSHAM’S State Emergency Service has celebrated 50 years of service.

Deputy controller Nola Smith said volunteers marked the occasion with an anniversary dinner and community open day. 

“On Saturday, we had our anniversary dinner at the gold club and it was a great night out,” she said. 

“At the dinner we had a presentation to award members with life membership and national and service medals.”

Ms Smith and Jason Woodhart received life memberships. 

Ms Smith said she was honoured to be nominated. 

“I was totally shocked when they announced my name, but I am very proud to receive life membership,” she said.

The national medal was awarded to Meg Sleeman. 

David Chenoweth was recognised for his 30 years of service along with Crystal Sanders (10 years) and Les Power (five years).

Ms Smith said members celebrated with the community at an open day on Sunday. 

“Despite the bad weather, it was an enjoyable day. Everyone had a look around the building and at the memorabilia that we had put together over the years,” she said.  

Ms Smith said she encouraged people to consider becoming a volunteer. 

“Once they gain their accreditation, volunteers can help the community in road crashes, searches and carry-outs or assist with storm damage,” she said. 

She said people could visit the shed in McPherson Street on Tuesday nights.

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