The volunteers were awarded with the honour at a ceremony at NSW Parliament House. Minister for Police and Emergency Services Stuart Ayres presented the awards, and congratulated the pair for their outstanding achievements.
“I congratulate Brent and Shirley for their dedication and commitment to providing an invaluable community service and encourage other young people to consider joining the NSW SES to make a difference in their communities,” Mr Ayres said.
Brent Hunter joined the NSW SES Queanbeyan Unit in the Southern Highlands Region, with the goal of one day joining the NSW Police Force. Since joining the Unit, Brent has shown great passion toward his training and has proven his value to the Unit by becoming Team Leader.
Shirley Heap joined the Armidale-Dumaresq Unit in the Namoi Region a year ago, and has accomplished a great deal with the NSW SES. The 19 year old has completed several training courses, and is set to be the youngest member of her Unit to complete the Road Crash Rescue course.
“The training and experience the NSW SES provides means that young people like Shirley and Brent can take their enthusiasm for helping the community and turn it into a professional career”, Mr Ayres said.
“Young people have a great deal they can offer their communities and it is terrific to see the NSW SES providing the opportunity for young people to contribute.