Firefighters honoured

Three members of the Wellsford Volunteer Fire Brigade were honoured for their 25 years of  service at a ceremony on September 15.

Harendra Sundar, Peter Bowmar and Kerry Tupp joined the Brigade in 1993 and were presented with  Gold Star long service certificates, plaques, pins and medals to commemorate their dedication.

The medals also recognise the contribution of their immediate friends and family, who must pick up the slack at home or work when the siren sounds.

Wellsford senior firefighter Tarah Jones says it’s rare for a station to award three Gold Stars at the same time, but this is the second time it has happened for the Wellsford brigade in the last five years.

The brigade has seen 23 of its members honoured with Gold Stars since its founding. The total number of Gold Stars handed out in New Zealand since 1887 is 7811.