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Mountain Views

Tuesday, 4 October, 2022

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Driver dies in solo car crash in Seville East

Runner takes on 280km run along the Yarra

Local clubs welcome capital grants funding

SPOTLIGHT: New exhibits featuring local artists

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Medal of honour By Renee Wood

Gruyere CFA fire fighters Peter Burgi and Frank Roche have been honoured with 60 year and 50 year service medals respectively. Picture: RENEE WOOD their lives for others.” Captain Jason Richardson gave out the awards on the night with awards for a total of 430 years of service due to members.

“The 50 and 60 year awards, were something that I wanted to put a lot of preparation into and do the award and the service justice. But it’s something that we may never see again,

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Gruyere CFA has awarded its medals of service to many outstanding members at an awards night at the Healesville RSL, ranging from five years of service to an incredible 60 years. The highest honours on the night went to fire fighter Peter Burgi with a 60 year service medal and fire fighter Frank Roche was presented with a 50 year service medal. Both men were grateful to receive the acknowledgment and have been part of protecting the community in dire times of need, including historic blazes from Ash Wednesday and Black Saturday. Mr Burgi said the friendships he’s made over the years have been a true highlight and the Gruyere brigade is certainly a community brigade. “I think one of the things that really gets to you is the friendships that you make and unfortunately, a lot of the older ones have now passed on. “We’d like to think we’re a family orientated brigade here and I’m pretty certain we are.” Both Mr Roche and Mr Burgi have been commended for their dedication to self sacrifice and community. Another example of their community spirit was when they worked together on the goods drive for the 2020 Gippsland fires. First Lieutenant Andrea Bigham said they both have an attitude of ‘If I can help, I will’. “They always both find the time and have never just been there for the siren,” First Lt Bigham said. “Self sacrifice is the highest thing anyone can give to a fellow human being and these two are a guiding example of that – they’re just an inspiration they’re constantly giving up

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