Emergency services honoured in annual Rotary awards
FOR almost 20 years, Des Sardie balanced his full-time job as a fire and emergency services officer with his part-time role at Harrisville’s auxiliary fire service.
His dedication to firefighting was recognised on the weekend when he was named the Ipswich District’s 2015 QFES officer of the year.
Mr Sardie was one of a number of emergency personnel recognised at the annual awards hosted by the Rotary Club of Ipswich North.
“I was very humbled... and very proud too,” he said.
Mr Sardie said he had been nominated for his overall work during 2015, including work on the 150th anniversary of the Ipswich Fire Brigade.
Last year he celebrated more than 22 years with the Harrisville auxiliary, but has had to retire from that part time role this year. He has been a full-time officer with the QFES for more than 18 years.
Earlier in the week, Mr Sardie was also one of six firefighters to receive an Assistant Commissioner’s Commendation for Outstanding Performance of Duty.
The commendation recognised the officers for saving the life of their colleague Travis McDonald after he had a cardiac arrest.
Police officers, SES volunteers, rural fire officers and paramedics were also recognised at the awards on Friday night, with three awards given across each service.
- SES Member of the Year: Sandra Hanel
- SES Community Member of the Year: John McVeigh
- SES Peer Officer of the Year: John Paul
- Rural Fire Officer of the Year: Neale Loveday
- Rural Fire Community Officer of the Year: Pam Anderson
- Rural Fire Peer Officer of the Year: Jed Lindley
- Fire & Emergency Officer of the Year: Des Sardie
- Fire & Emergency Community Officer of the Year: Daniel Skillern and Sean Toohill
- Ambulance Officer of the Year: Carmen Waqanaceva
- Ambulance Community Officer of the Year: Angela Perry
- Ambulance Peer Officer of the Year: Fiona Smith
- Police Officer of the Year: Greg Williams
- Police Community Officer of the Year – Linda Whincup
- Police Peer Officer of the Year – Chris Farnan