Murchison's Daryl Brown recently received a National Medal for years of service in the community, including two decades as an SES volunteer.By Riahn Smith
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.
Tatura’s Jennifer Hippisley will head up a state education advisory group after being elected as the chair of the Victorian Local Learning and Education Network Broker Network.
After a tennis career spanning 62 years, of which the last 35 years have been as a coach, Yarrawonga's Jon Coleman is set to retire at the end of 2013.
The recent Kyabram Master Pairs, played over six days with crack sides from near and far, attracted some talented bowlers eager to win the prestige event.
A frequent visitor to northern Victoria, Care Connect's Graham Custance recently won a national award for his work supporting indigenous elders to achieve better health and wellbeing.
Three Goornong Fire Brigade firefighters recently completed a CFA course on safety surrounding urban firefighting and using breathing apparatuses.
Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s annual junior singles tournament again attracted good numbers from across the district.
But have opponents given up the fight?
Tocumwal Pre-School students are proudly flying their KITE at the Tocumwal Lions Community Hostel.
Tooborac Fire Brigade visited Tooborac Primary School last Tuesday to help the school complete its bushfire emergency management plan.
Residents urged to renew fruit fly baits to support local orchards.
A Korean company has a proposal with the NSW Government to built a $90 million ethanol plant in Deniliquin.
SPC Ardmona, is sending eight containers loaded with $250,000 of fruit and vegetables to cyclone ravaged Philippines.
The hunt is on for a buyer for Benalla and Mansfield Toyota after the business went into receivership last fortnight.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
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.