The winners of this year’s Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards (RESCA) were announced last night at a ceremony broadcast across the state.
The awards are community-nominated, and is the only ceremony where all emergency services personnel, both paid and volunteer, are recognised in a combined program.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott congratulated the seven winners who have had distinguished careers.
“It takes a committed person who values their community to put themselves on the frontline when disaster strikes. I want to thank all the winners and finalists for being the people the community turns to when they need help,” Mr Elliott said
“This year Rotary received the highest number of nominations in RESCA’s history, a tribute to the incredible and tireless dedication of each of our Emergency Services personnel.”
The overall winner (Officer in Volunteer Capacity) is NSW Rural Fire Service volunteer, Wendy Roberts, from the Shoalhaven area, who has served for 58 years and has also dedicated her time to her community.
The overall winner (Officer in Paid Capacity) is a NSW Ambulance Paramedic in Dapto, Jessica Whittaker, who dedicates her time to the health of her community.
The two winners will then represent the state at the National Awards, to be held on 23 November 2020.
The $1000 Dorothy Hennessy OAM Emergency Services Youth Scholarship was awarded to Theodore Scholl, just 18 years of age, from the NSW Rural Fire Service’s Rappville Brigade.