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Tuross Marine Rescue celebrates Mike Byron

Marine Rescue Tuross report:

Tuross Marine Rescue hosted a heart-warming medal ceremony today. The awards were given by Monaro Regional Operations Manager Glenn Sullivan, looking very dapper in full dress uniform. Glenn made an excellent speech highlighting Marine Rescue’s appreciation of Mike Byron’s decades of service to the Australian community both as an active member of the Rural Fire Service and of Marine Rescue. Mike said he really appreciated receiving the National Medal, particularly as sometimes the outcomes of the emergencies he attended weighed heavily. Glenn also highlighted MR Tuross’ positive contribution, and made all unit members feel appreciated.

Above: Regina and Mike Byron, both of whom have put in decades of volunteering to serve their communities.

Above: Mike Byron's National Medal. The accompanying letter states that the award "recognises long and diligent service by members of recognised government and voluntary organisations that risk their lives or safety to protect or assist the community in times of emergency or natural disaster.

Above: Left to right: Glenn Sullivan, Blaise Madden, Greg Krywiel, Alan Blessington, Paul Carter & Wayne Ellison. Five of our members, UC Alan Blessington, DUC Paul Carter, Wayne Ellison, Greg Krywiel and Blaise Madden, received a NSW Premier’s Bushfire Emergency Citation, as well as a peaked cap featuring the state’s floral emblem, the Waratah. Not only did MR Tuross send in volunteers to help, it was interesting to learn that it was the MR Tuross generator that powered the Narooma Club which gave sanctuary to so many, making us reflect on the many small contributions, which together created the fabulous community response to the fire crisis.

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