SES volunteers awarded for outstanding service
WHEN Leanne Roberts decided to join the State Emergency Service, she didn't do so in search of recognition or reward.
Like many SES volunteers, she simply wanted to learn some basic rescue skills and give something back to her community.
But after seven years of service, the Forest Lake mother-of-three has been acknowledged for her selfless contribution with one of the nation's highest honours.
Ms Roberts was one of 72 Brisbane men and women recently awarded the National Emergency Medal.
The award is given to individuals who responded to nationally significant emergencies within Australia.
Ms Roberts and fellow SES member Mike Game were recognised for their heroism, bravery and extraordinary contribution to Brisbane in the wake of the 2011 floods.
Both volunteers, based at the South West Brisbane SES Unit depot at Ellen Grove, spent about a month assisting communities during the flood recovery period.
As a certified flood boat operator, Ms Roberts said she was involved in many flood rescue operations and spent countless hours helping with the clean-up.
She said being involved with the recovery efforts had been worth all the exhaustion in order to help the community and see the grateful smiles on people's faces.
The National Emergency Medals were presented by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk at a ceremony this month at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha.
Cr Quirk commended the tireless efforts of all SES workers and said their hard work during the 2011 floods was a reminder of how important the service was to Brisbane.
More than $3.14 million has been allocated this financial year to help build SES volunteer numbers, strengthen the organisation's disaster response capabilities and fund the start of new SES depots.
For more information about the SES, visit Council's website at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone Council on 3403 8888. For emergency flood or storm assistance, contact the SES on 132 500.