National medals and clasps for long serving volunteers

National Medal recipients from left Anthony Porter, Alan Howes, Brian Warburton, Al Morris and Norm Smith

Five volunteer members of Marine Rescue Central Coast were acknowledged for their years of volunteer community service on Saturday, April 31.

Three were presented with a National Medal for 15 years’ service. Two were presented with clasps for their National Medals for 25 and 35 years of service respectively. The National Medal is awarded by the Governor General to members of the community who have rendered at least 15 years of service to specific organisations where the service can be life threatening such as Marine Rescue NSW.

The honours were presented by Ms Lucy Wicks MP, member for Robertson on behalf of the Governor General. Ms Wicks said: “These honours are richly deserved. “Each of the three new recipients, Alan Howes, Anthony Porter and Brian Warburton have selflessly served the community on the Central Coast for at least 15 years,” she said.

“It is an honour to pay tribute to their dedication to volunteer Marine Rescue and to the safety of boaters in our area. “Al Morris has served a further 10 years since receiving his National Medal and has now achieved 25 years’ service, and Norm Smith has served 20 years since receiving his Medal and has now completed an extraordinary 35 years’ volunteer service. “The awarding of these medals and clasps is to enable the community to say thank you for the services rendered,” she said.

Media release, May 1, 2016 Ron Cole, Marine Rescue NSW Central Coast Unit

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