Neville Lawrence's dedication to the Gresford community has earned him even more initials to add to the end of his surname.
Mr Lawrence who was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2017 Australia Day Honours List has been recognised again.
He has received an Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) in the 2021 Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Mr Neville Lawrence joined the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) as a member of the Gresford Brigade in 1965, serving continuously since that time. He has held the roles of Brigade Training Officer, Permit Officer, Brigade Treasurer, Deputy Captain, Senior Deputy Captain and Captain.
From 1994 to 2019 he served as Captain of the Gresford Brigade, and from 2000-2001 he was a member of the Lower Hunter Zone (concept) Working Party. As Deputy Brigade Captain in 1985 he was key to the refurbishment of the existing Gresford Station to incorporate meeting facilities, amenities and the construction of a new two bay shed to accommodate firefighting appliances. He was the driving force in all fund raising activities the raised money for the refurbishment.
Under his guidance, the Brigade also volunteers their services for traffic control at the Gresford ANZAC Day March and supervising admission and parking at the Annual Gresford Rodeo. He also organises fire support for the Annual Gresford Agricultural Show and the Gresford Billy Cart Derby.
Over many years he has attended a number of out of area deployments and is a key member of the Community Engagement team. This team is involved with community workshops to assist with the preparation of Bushfire Survival Plans, practical use of pumps, fire blankets, extinguishers and sprays.
Mr Lawrence has displayed outstanding dedication and commitment to the NSW RFS, and to his local community, throughout his more than 55 years of service.
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