Marine rescue volunteers awarded
LONG-serving volunteers of a Tweed rescue unit where honoured at the weekend and presented with service medals.
Point Danger Marine Rescue commander Bernie Gabriel said it was the last group presentation, with awards to be sent directly to members in the future as they met milestones.
Mr Gabriel, who was awarded the 45 years of service medal, said the people recognised for service were the "backbone" of the organisation.
"They are the ones that are always there when you need them," he said.
"The expertise of our people is the match of any emergency service."
Glenda Ashby was walking past the command centre at Point Danger with her sister 12 years ago when she decided to inquire into volunteering.
On Saturday night at the presentation she received the 12-year service and life member award.
"I am very proud that I am doing it for the community," Ms Ashby said.
"I was involved in an incident where I was on the radio and that sort of bought it home for me.
"That incident didn't end well. A fishing trawler got its nets caught and there was a man out by himself.
"I was very green and it really affected me."
Ms Ashby said she enjoyed the challenges of the volunteer group and that's why she took the position of treasurer.
"You got to know yourself and when you have to step down, but I hope that I have at least another ten years in me," she said.
There were 17 service medals awarded on the night.
Bernie Gabriel - 45 years service
Ray Wells - 25 years service
Graham Vickery - 17 years service
Glenda Ashby - Life Member Award and 12 years service
Carmel Jones - 19 years service
Mike Tayler - 20 years service
Jim Lord - 20 years service
Tom van Bavel - 20 years service
Ruth van de Pavert - 10 years service
Kevin Elliott - 22 years service
Auriel Smith - 10 years service
Noel Roberts - 12 years service
Alan McFadden - 12 years service
Beryl Aldred - 12 years service
Graham Mott - 13 years service
Hugh Pierpoint - 12 years service
Kyllikki Nuutinen - 13 years service