With over a century of service between them, two CFA members were this week awarded top honours for their lifetime of dedication.
Clocking up 55 and 50 years of service respectively, CFA life members Daryl Love and Henry Barton were presented with the awards at a district five headquarters brigade meeting by assistant chief fire officer Richard Bourke.
"I was very honoured and humbled to be able to be present to both recognise and acknowledge the continued years of service both these men have provided, which combined is 105 years," Mr Bourke said.
"Both have had very long careers in CFA and also outside of that they've also maintained serving the CFA as volunteers through the headquarters brigade, particularly Henry Barton who has done many years outside of retirement as an incident controller and performed that role in an excellent and admirable manner.
"So has Daryl in his service as well, they have both transferred that ethos as staff members into their volunteer service."
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Always keen to help, Daryl Love started his CFA service at just age 20 as a volunteer in Nhill, before he began his time as a career firefighter in Dandenong.
After spending a period of time in Geelong, for three years from 1976-1979 he was also a station officer in Warrnambool before he moved to Fiskville to be an instructor.
He moved back to Warrnambool in 1983 as the officer in charge of the city's fire station and a district five operations officer.
From 2001 until he retired in 2012, Daryl was a district five instructor and many CFA firefighters in the south west attribute their skills today to his extensive knowledge, professionalism and wealth of experience.
At the age of just 14 and with his whole family heavily involved in the CFA, Henry Barton also became a volunteer with the fire brigade.
He had a similarly distinguished career as a volunteer at Montrose in 1971 and Tatura from 1974 before starting as a recruit at Fiskville in 1976, followed by postings to Boronia, Bendigo and Geelong.
Henry moved to Warrnambool in 1985 and was district operations officer from 2002 until he retired in 2016, calling time on his 45-year career.
In 2017, he received a prestigious Australian Fire Service Medal for his continued and outstanding service to the community.
Since then, he has been regularly called upon as one of the most experienced CFA incident controllers to manage a wide range of incidents in the south west.
Other service people awarded this week included Simon Wilson (50 years - Hamilton Airbase Manager), Neil Gough (35 years), Barry Moran (30 years), Mark Stevenson (25 years), Neil Sandford (20 years), Morna Semmens (15 years), Lynne Carter (15 years), Trevor Sweeney (10 years), Susie Stevenson (10 years) Ron Eastwood (5 years) and Richard Litt (5 years).
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