Cudgen firey makes final four in state awards
CUDGEN farmer Mark Eglington has faced his fair share of bushfires.
Now after 26 years of service, the Cudgen Rural Fire Service volunteer and group captain is one of four RFS finalists in the Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Awards.
But even being nominated was a big deal for the sweet potato farmer, who said he could think of "plenty" of others who deserved the accolade.
"I was totally stunned," Mr Eglington said.
"I don't do my job for that sort of recognition.
"I'm just stoked and honoured to be in the final four, even to be nominated."
Mr Eglington only recently received an RFS Employer Appreciation Certificate for allowing his employees to leave work to attend incidents.
In 2001, he and wife Judy, who is also an RFS volunteer, offered part of their land to be used for the current Cudgen Rural Fire Service station.
RFS Far North Coast Superintendent David Cook said he was "honoured" to see Mr Eglington recognised for his contributions to the community.
Next month, he will travel to Sydney for the announcement of the winners. Byron Bay RFS captain Gregg Miller is also a finalist.