Five Canberrans from ACT Policing and ACT Emergency Services Agency have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to protecting the ACT.
We are acknowledging the remarkable contribution of these five selfless individuals by awarding them a 2019 ACT Community Protection Medal.
These people have gone above and beyond in their chosen fields and Canberra is lucky to have people of this calibre making a difference in our community.
I thank the recipients, along with all of our first responders, for their dedication to the community and their major contribution towards making the ACT a safer, better place to live.
The recipients of the 2019 ACT Community Protection Medal are:
- Brooke Turner (ACT Rural Fire Service) for sustained and diligent service as a volunteer with the ACT Rural Fire Service and her contribution to positive change in community engagement initiatives.
- Gordon McAlpine (ACT State Emergency Service) in recognition of his 20 years of sustained and diligent service to the ACT and for outstanding service in leadership, management and coordination ensuring the success of SES operations and community initiatives in support of the ACT community.
- Commander Patrick Brennan (ACT Fire and Rescue) for outstanding service to the ACT community through sustained efforts to improve firefighting training, as well as the provision of improved fire safety outcomes for staff and inmates at the Alexander Maconochie Centre.
- Detective Sergeant John Giles (ACT Policing) for diligent and outstanding service to the ACT community. Detective Sergeant Giles established a registered charity Kids in Care as a way for him to continue giving to the ACT community beyond the requirements of his role as a Police Officer.
- Stuart Barnetson (ACT Ambulance Service) for distinguished service to the ACT community as an Intensive Care Paramedic, and in particular for his contribution to the ACT Ambulance Service Clinical Advisory Committee over a sustained period of time.
The Community Protection Medal was established in 2002 to acknowledge police and emergency services personnel who have given sustained, distinguished or outstanding service to the community through their involvement in ACT Policing, ACT Fire & Rescue, ACT Rural Fire Service, ACT Ambulance Service, ACT State Emergency Service or the Emergency Services Agency.