Murchison's Daryl Brown recently received a National Medal for years of service in the community, including two decades as an SES volunteer.RIAHN SMITH December 9, 2012 4:22am
Daryl Brown has spent more than half his adult life doing his bit for the local community.
The Murchison man has been an SES volunteer for almost two decades and was recently awarded a National Medal for his contribution to the safety and wellbeing of others.
The National Medals are awarded to members of the defence and police forces and ambulance, fire and emergency services throughout Australia, in recognition of exemplary service for 15, 25, 35 and 45 years.
Mr Brown has volunteered across the Goulburn Valley as well as in Bundaberg in Queensland.
He said it was the local people that drove him to volunteer all those years ago, and that have continued to keep him involved since.
‘‘I joined it just to give something back to the community. I just enjoy working with the community .
‘‘I just do it because I think it’s the right thing to do. The mob I work with here I get on really well with. We all know what we’re doing so we just get in and do the job.’’
Not even a genetic back condition has stopped Mr Brown from offering his services. The 54-year old has recently returned to the SES after an operation in August last year to fix a problem exacerbated by 30-odd years of driving and physical labour.
‘‘I was only out of it for a little while and now I just come along and do what I can. The other blokes know that I can only do so much,’’ he said.
And it seems the passion for community service has been passed down to the next generation. Both Mr Brown’s children volunteer their time at local organisations — 19-year-old Phillip as a Country Fire Authority volunteer, and 17-year-old Melissa following in her dad’s footsteps at the SES.
‘‘Sometimes you’ll be sitting there (at home) watching the TV and a pager will go off and (Phillip) will be jumping up and Melissa will be jumping up, or I’ll be jumping up .
Although Mr Brown said the SES was always on the look out for new members, he warned that the job wasn’t for everybody.
‘‘I tell them that right from the word go,’’ he said.
‘‘But it’s not a case of ‘you come here and you have to go out and do road crashes’. A lot of people can’t do that, but there’s other parts they can do.
‘‘It all comes down to helping the community.
‘‘You do what you can, when you can, and that’s all you can do.’’
This story first appeared in the December 6 edition of SN Weekly.
Community support needed for drug and alcohol treatment centre near Numurkah.
Yarrawonga/Mulwala's largest ever professional golf event, the Shepparton BMW Senior Victorian Open, got underway today with 124 players hitting off from 8am to 1pm on Yarrawonga's Black Bull Golf Course at Silverwoods.
Tatura’s rainfall for the last three months of 2015, 116.6mm, was marginally down on the long-term average for the same period, 120.8mm.
JON Lam’s exhibition Heart to Art will open at Alton Gallery on Friday
THE second annual Christmas town party in Lockington did not quite attract the crowd organisers were hoping for, but it failed to dampen their spirit.
Special supplement in this weeks edition
For Tocumwal’s Lynda Snowden, working the land hasn’t stopped her from falling in love with the majestic surrounds of her day to day life.
TOOLLEEN Recreation Reserve Committee of Management presented three awards on Australia Day in front of 80 local residents.
The cuteness level at Maryanne Ryan’s place is overflowing the bucket, with the arrival of baby Dougal the donkey.
Deniliquin doctor Marion Magee says she is disgusted with the treatment of local nurses.
Federal Member for Murray Sharman Stone has been criticised by two Victorian MPs for suggesting the Federal Government should stop spending money on the $2 billion irrigation modernisation program until problems are sorted out.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.