Fire captain honoured with community service award
FORMER captain of Woolgoolga Fire and Rescue, Ray Webb, was presented with a NSW Government Community Service Award.
Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser presented the award in recognition of Mr Webb's decades of service in the fire brigade.
Mr Webb joined the New South Wales Fire Brigade in 1984 and was appointed captain at Woolgoolga Fire Station in 2002.
He retired from the fire brigade in May this year after more than 30 years of service.
The recognition of his service with a state-level award came as a surprise to Mr Webb.
"It was unbelievable," he said.
"I wasn't expecting anything, then out of the blue I was contacted by Andrew Fraser's office and they notified me I'd been awarded the Community Service Award for my services to Fire and Rescue New South Wales."
The big day was made even more special with his family gathering to support him in receiving the honour.
"My wife accompanied me but I walked around the corner and my children were there.
"They'd travelled down from Tweed Heads to surprise me so that was a really proud moment."
Mr Webb continues working at his primary job with the Roads and Maritime Service in Coffs Harbour but is enjoying spending the extra time with his family.
"I miss the fire brigade a lot," he said.
"But I'm enjoying my time at home and not having to race off in the middle of the night."