Superintendant Arthur Sharp from Canobolas Zone Receives Honour
Published Date: 13 Sep 2013
Superintendant Arthur Sharp was one of six people to receive a national honour.
RFS volunteers receive national honour
Six NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) members have been awarded Australian Fire Service
Medals (AFSM) to recognise their dedication and hard work.
The Australian Fire Service Medal is awarded as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours List for
distinguished service by a member of an Australian fire service and is the highest NSW RFS
NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons congratulated the medal recipients on their
"These members have worked tirelessly to help to fight fires, prepare the community every
bush fire season and ensure a new generation of volunteers were trained, mentored and
encouraged," said Commissioner Fitzsimmons.
"They represent the very best of the RFS and I'm proud their service has been formally
recognised with this national honour," Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.
The AFSM recipients are Superintendant Christopher Favelle from Far West Team, Group
Captain Elizabeth Ferris from New England Zone, Captain Ronald Headon from Mid West
Team, Deputy Captain Keith Robinson from Illawarra Zone, Superintendant Arthur Sharp from
Canobolas Zone and Superintendant Ian Stewart from Riverina Highlands.
Tamworth local Deputy Group Captain Kendall Thompson was also further recognised for his
part in rescuing 47 people in the 2011 Lockyer Valley floods with a Group Bravery Citation.
The Group Bravery Citation is awarded to teams that demonstrate bravery in challenging
circumstances as they protect the lives of others.
Deputy Group Captain Thompson, along with team members Kris Larkin and Matthew O'Brien,
worked in gusting winds, torrential rain and poor visibility to airlift locals to safety.
Among those rescued were an elderly couple and their dog from inside their house which had
swept 300 metres downstream. In another rescue they evacuated twelve people from a roof
The medals were awarded at an Investiture Ceremony at Government House on 11