THANK YOU: SES volunteers from throughout the Central Highlands were awarded National Emergency Medals for recognition of their service during the 2010 and 2011 floods.
THANK YOU: SES volunteers from throughout the Central Highlands were awarded National Emergency Medals for recognition of their service during the 2010 and 2011 floods. Andrew Beard Emeses

Central Highlands SES awarded National Emergency Medals

THEY may have rescued your pet, saved your business, sandbagged your home, ferried your kids to school or just kept you from getting very wet.

Last Saturday in Emerald, SES volunteers from throughout the Central Highlands region were awarded National Emergency Medals for recognition of their service during the 2010-11 floods.

"We thank you for all your work, for all your efforts in all of the communities. No matter where you were in this region, thank you," Central Highlands Mayor Peter Maguire said at the ceremony.

Special recognition was given to the family members of the volunteers who, without their support, would not have able to serve the community.

To get a medal you had to have served 14 consecutive days. Lionel Jackson, the Rolleston group leader, clocked up 125 hours ferrying miners, schoolchildren groceries and mail across the Comet River floodwaters.

"We were catching chickens, dogs, echidnas, blue tongue lizards, freezers - just about anything," Lionel said.

Quietly spoken Michael Vale, the Emerald deputy group leader, helped rescue two pregnant women during the floods.

"It's exciting. It's not that often you get a medal like this," Michael said.

"We did the time during the floods and the government has recognised us with a medal."


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