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Sunday, May 9, 2021

Tribute to emergency service volunteers

This weekend marks the annual Emergency Services Volunteer Memorial Service, honouring volunteers who have died while protecting their communities.

Traditionally held at various venues across the state, this year’s service will be streamed online, in keeping with COVID-19 protocols.

A spokesperson from Marine Rescue NSW said the event was an opportunity for the public to thank those volunteers who paid the ultimate price.

“This is a time for the community to remember the sacrifices made by emergency services volunteers and it offers a chance to thank them for their sacrifices,” the spokesperson said.

“This year the service will also include three members of predecessor services to Marine Rescue NSW, the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association (AVCGA) and the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol (RVCP).

“David Waddell from the Ballina AVCGA, Ted Bristow from the Port Stephens AVCGA (now Marine Rescue Lemon Tree Passage) and Dennis Matthews from the RVCP at Lake Macquarie are among those whose names are inscribed on the stone memorial.

“We’re hoping all the families of those whose names are being added to the Memorial this year, will be in attendance.

“Members of the emergency services and interested members of the public are this year invited to join the service online.”

The event will be held this Sunday 11 October from 11am, during which the names of eight NSW RFS volunteers will be added to the memorial.

The livestream can be accessed via the Rural Fire Service’s website.

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