Superintendant Arthur Sharp from Canobolas Zone Receives Honour

Superintendant Arthur Sharp from Canobolas Zone Receives Honour


 Superintendant Arthur Sharp was one of six people to receive a national honour.

Superintendant Arthur Sharp Receives Honour 

RFS volunteers receive national honour

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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

well-deserved achievement.

"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