RURAL REWARD: Blackwater’s Patty Rogers received a Commisioner’s Certificate of Appreciation for his efforts in servicing the Bluff Rural Fire Brigade.
RURAL REWARD: Blackwater’s Patty Rogers received a Commisioner’s Certificate of Appreciation for his efforts in servicing the Bluff Rural Fire Brigade. Meghan Kidd

Patty’s perfect with pickles

PATTY Rogers just wants to "help anyone in a pickle" and keep local communities thriving.

His spirit and tireless efforts have won him the hearts of the Bluff Rural Fire Brigade and accolades from higher up, with a Commissioner's Certificate of Appreciation awarded.

Bluff Rural Fire Brigade chairman Ken Matthews said the brigade wrote a letter to Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Commissioner Lee Johnson, highlighting the hard work Patty put in for the local brigade, year in and out.

"Without Patty we'd be lost," Mr Matthews said.

"He services our truck each year and has done so for years.

"We call him up and he's always only too happy to help. Without him we wouldn't be able to operate."

The brigade's secretary Cathy Hoare said Patty's involvement was paramount.

"With such generous support from businesses such as yours we are able to keep our truck in the best of condition for minimal costs, therefore providing an efficient service to our local community in times of need," Cathy said.

Patty said the nod of recognition was a surprise.

"We do it on our behalf because organisations like this do an awesome job, so we try to do as much as we can for the community that supports us," he said.

"Kenny rings us up, and anyone in a pickle, we help out. I like helping communities - we like to give back."

Patty has operated Patty Rogers Heavy Equipment Maintenance for six years.

"The community has been absolutely great to us," he said.

"It's a way to keep the local boys going... there are just too many businesses closing down."


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