Thursday, 20 September 2018

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Whitianga JP awarded QSM in Queens Birthday Honours List

Whitianga JP awarded QSM in Queens Birthday Honours List

Whitianga JP, Walter Russell was presented with a Queen’s Service medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List released this morning.

Mr Russell was bestowed the honour for his service to the New Zealand Fire Service. He has been a member of the Whitianga Volunteer Fire Brigade for the past 30 years.

Volunteer service is part and parcel of Mr Russell’s life. He was involved in Land Search and Rescue for more than 50 years, was a member of the Order of St John during its early days in Whitianga and was, when there was only one police officer covering the northern Coromandel, a member of the Civil Defence Police. He is at the moment chairman of the Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust.

Asking Mr Russell what he thought of his Queen’s Service Medal, he said , “It’s very humbling and a great honour, but that’s not why I made myself available for volunteer service. I enjoy serving the community and will continue doing that until I really can’t anymore. I’m certainly not going to hang up my boots now.”

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