Volunteers from the NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) have been recognised for their diligent service to their community at an awards ceremony in Griffith. On Saturday 15th June 2019, NSW SES Commissioner Kyle Stewart presented three NSW SES members with very special awards.
NSW SES congratulates all the humble recipients and hope acknowledge more dedicated members in the near future.
The National Medal recognises long and diligent service in organisations that protect life and property at some risk to their members. The Medal is awarded to persons for long service in eligible organisations who fulfil the primary function and meet other criteria. Fifteen years eligible service is necessary to qualify for the Medal. Clasps are available for each additional 10-year period.
Award Recipients – National Medals
- National Medal Clasp 1 – Arthur (Ray) Coff
- National Medal – Frank Wilson
Long Service Award
The Long Service Award is awarded to members of the NSW SES who have achieved a period of diligent service of five (5) years, and then every five years’ service anniversary thereafter.
Award Recipients – Long Service Award
- 25 Year Long Service Award – Arthur (Ray) Coff
- 10 Year Long Service Award – Lawrence Harris
More about the recipients
Arthur (Ray) Coff- National Medal Clasp 1 & 25 Year Long Service Award
Arthur (Ray) Coff has been a member of the Lake Cargelligo SES Unit since 3 August 1993 and has held various roles including – Unit Commander, Emergency Officer and LSO Course Administrator.
Ray is a recipient of the National Medal, NSW SES Director General Unit Citation, NSW SES Commissioner’s Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding efforts during the Western NSW Flood Event in 2016 and NSW SES 5-25 Year Long Service Awards.
Ray has seen many operational events, the most significant being the water tower collapse in 2002 at Lake Cargelligo and the 2012 and 2016 Lachlan River Floods.
Picture left to right: NSW SES Commissioner, Kyle Stewart & Ray Coff
Frank Wilson – National Medal
Frank Wilson joined the NSW SES Mathoura Unit on 5 August 2003 and has held various roles including -Unit Commander, Emergency Officer and LSO Couse Administrator.
Frank has responded to storm and flood events locally as well as deploying to support other operational activities across the state.
Frank is a recipient of the NSW SES 5-15 Year Long Service Awards and SES State Medal for the Hunter/Sydney Northern Storms.
Picture left to right: NSW SES Commissioner Kyle Stewart, Frank Wilson
Lawrence Harris – 10 Year Long Service Award Clasp
Lawrence Harris has been a member of the Goolgowi SES Unit for 12 years and has held various roles including – Unit Commander, Emergency Officer and LSO Couse Administrator.
Lawrence has led the Goolgowi Unit in their role as a Community First Response (CFR) unit providing lifesaving services to their small community and is a General Land Rescue Operator.
Lawrence is a recipient of the NSW SES 5 Year Long Service Award.
Picture left to right: NSW SES Commissioner Kyle Stewart, Lawrence Harris and Southern Zone Commander Nichole Priest.