On Saturday 17 September, two volunteer members of Marine Rescue Central Coast were acknowledged for ten years of volunteer community service. Peter Ashworth, an Avoca Beach resident, and Kevin Sullivan, from Green Point, received clasps for their National Medals for 10 years additional service since their National Medals were first presented for fifteen years’ operational service.
The National Medal is an element of the distinctive Australian system of honours and awards. It is awarded by the Governor General to members of the community who have rendered at least fifteen years’ service to specific organisations where the service can be life threatening such as the Defence Forces, Rural Fire Service, SES and Marine Rescue NSW.
Kevin Sullivan, 68, joined Coastal Patrol (now Marine Rescue) in 2005. He served in the Australian Defence Force 8th RAR as well as 14.5 years with the Army Reserve 7th Field Regiment. Kevin is a qualified marine radio operator and rescue boat crew and has recently qualified as a driver for Central Coast’s new Rescue Water Craft.
Peter Ashworth, 84, joined Coastal Patrol (now Marine Rescue) in 1991. He is a qualified marine rescue skipper and radio operator. Peter is a Marine Engineer. In addition to his operational rescue duties, he has contributed his engineering skills, assisting with the maintenance of the Unit’s rescue vessels.
The honours were presented by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Marine Rescue NSW, James Glissan ESM QC, on behalf of the Governor General. Glissan said, “These honours are richly deserved. It is an honour to pay tribute to these members dedication to volunteer service in Coastal Patrol and Marine Rescue. The awarding of these clasps is to enable the community to say thank you for the services they have rendered.”
Kevin Sullivan was also presented with a Marine Rescue NSW Long Service award by Director Patricia Fayers ESM, to acknowledge his ten years continuous operational duties as well as additional activities such as quartermaster and fund raising.