Medal for local fire chief

RECENTLY retired Magra fire chief Kevin Hardwick has been awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal in the Australia Day Honours List for 2011. Mr Hardwick joined his local fire brigade in 1969 and is one of its original members. Magra was one of many country brigades established in the wake of the disastrous Black Tuesday fires of 1967. Mr Hardwick was elected brigade chief in 1978 and held the position until he retired last October.

Mr Hardwick worked with Telstra for 28 years and his community service has included the renovation of the old Magra school and Magra church and membership of the Lions and Probus clubs. He was chosen as a torchbearer for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

The Australian Fire Service Medal was created was created in 1988 to acknowledge distinguished service by members of state, territory or federal fire service agencies. Mr Hardwick is a previous recipient of the National Medal (1990). 

Kevin Hardwick

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