Salute to David Hayes, Narrogin’s 50-year firey

Emma TaylorNarrogin Observer
David Hayes was presented with a locally made plaque by the Narrogin brigade
Camera IconDavid Hayes was presented with a locally made plaque by the Narrogin brigade Credit: Picture: DFES

After half a century of service, David Hayes from the Narrogin Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service received his 50-year clasp at the brigade’s annual dinner.

Mr Hayes was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by Commissioner Darren Klemm, pictured, on behalf of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services for serving 39 years as the brigade’s captain.

The Narrogin community also presented him with a locally made plaque, in recognition of his service and leadership.

“I just enjoyed being with all the other members, the other guys — I’ve made a lot of great friends out of it all,” he said.

“I certainly had a great time and met a lot of nice, interesting people and that’s really what’s kept me going.”

It is estimated Mr Hayes has attended more than 6000 incidents during his time in Narrogin.

“I try not to keep too many of the incidents with me, but some of them do stay with you,” he said. “There are some funny ones, some serious ones and no two are ever the same.”

He said he felt proud about the recognition.

“It was really good to be commemorated. There are not too many volunteers who get to 50 years these days. We’re always on the lookout for more volunteers out here.”

In July, Mr Hayes stepped down from his role with the brigade, replaced as captain by his son, Cameron, pictured.

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