State award honours a local volunteer

Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant and Rotary District 9675 Governor Stephen Britten presented Gordon Hill (centre) with his Emergency Services Community Award on Friday night at Bankstown Sports Club. ▪ Photo contributed

Local resident Gordon Hill was honoured with a NSW Emergency Services Award at the Rotary Districts & Clubs dinner on Friday night at Bankstown Sports Club.

The Rotary New South Wales Emergency Services Community Awards are an initiative of the Rotary Districts & Clubs of NSW.

The objectives of the awards are in keeping with Rotary’s motto of ‘Service Above Self’, and acknowledge and celebrate selfless community service of all of the NSW Emergency Services Personnel.

The event also aims to support Australian Rotary Health’s PhD Scholarship Research into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Emergency Services Personnel.

Gordon was nominated in the NSW Rural Fire Service category. He deals with a range of emergencies in Cobar.

Gordon has served as a Critical Incident Support Service Peer (CISSP) with the NSW Rural Fire Service on call most days for the past 22 years and CISSP Duty Office at least a week a month for the past five years.

For 40 years he has been a member of the NSW State Emergency Service and is currently Local Controller of the Cobar Unit.

Gordon has been a member of the NSW SES CISSP Program since its inception 13 years ago.

He is also deputy chairman of the Cobar Health Council, and member of the Western Primary Health Network Community Council, helping to source better health services for people in the western region and was a very worthy recipient of this award.