Dubbo resident Mike Blake was presented with two significant medals at SES Headquarters in Dubbo this morning.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton was very pleased to join Deputy Premier Troy Grant, NSW SES Macquarie Region Controller David Monk and SES Deputy Region Controller Phil Lalor in presenting Mr Blake with these significant medals.
Mr Blake was firstly presented with a National Service Medal before also receiving an Australian Defence Medal.
Whilst both Medals ultimately recognise service and dedication, Mr Coulton explained the differences between the two.
“The National Medal recognises long and diligent service by members of recognised government and voluntary organisations that risk their lives or safety to protect or assist the community in enforcement of the law or in times of emergency or natural disaster,” Mr Coulton said.
“The Australian Defence Medal recognises current and former Australian Defence Force personnel who completed an initial enlistment period, or four years’ service, whichever was the lesser.
“In regards to Mike, he has served as both a member of the Australian Army Reserves and the State Emergency Service which has entitled him to receive both Medals presented today.
“I take this opportunity to publicly congratulate Mike on receipt of these significant medals and thank him for his ongoing commitment to helping others and more broadly his community and country.”