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Seventh Brian Prince Awards honour local heroes

Brian Prince Awards
David Prince along with Brian Prince Award recipient Advanced Care Paramedic Nicola Grundy, and Russell Cooke.

Emergency services personnel have been recognised for their vital role in the community at the seventh annual Brian Prince Awards.

The awards recognise those local heroes who go above and beyond the call of duty, whether it be a police officer, a life saver, firefighter or volunteer.

Bundaberg Central Rotarian Brant Duff said the awards honoured the work of frontline workers and personnel from the local Queensland Police Service, Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Fire and Emergency Service, and Queensland Health – in particular the Emergency Department at the Bundaberg Hospital, and volunteers from Queensland Surf Life Saving, SES, Rural Fire Service and Volunteer Marine Rescue.

“Started by the Rotary Club of Bundaberg East and now continued the newly merged Rotary Club of Bundaberg Central we say thank you with the special Brian Prince Awards evening, although this year the awards were postpone because of COVID-19 restriction, the awards were still well-attended,” Brant said.

Brian Prince Awards
Taking out this year's Brian Prince Award for the Queensland Police Service Sergeant Marty Arnold, he collects his award from David Prince.

Brant said each of these vital emergency services nominated a person they believed deserves recognition for the work they do in the Bundaberg community. 

“Each of the volunteer groups submitted a finalist and then Volunteer of the year was selected by the club,” he said.

“A new award was also started with the involvement of ABC Wide Bay.

“Scott Lamond wanted to acknowledge the strong support from members who help keep them updated during emergencies.

Brian Prince Awards
Brian Prince Awards Volunteer of the Year recipient Queensland Rural Fire Service member Neil Musch, along with finalist Luke Harding from Bundaberg SES and VMR's Dr Graham Kingston.

“The Rotary Club continues to acknowledge and thank our emergency personnel in honour of former member Brian Prince who also spent his life in the service of others in the ambulance.

“We love the stories that are told by the recipients of these awards.

“We listen in awe sometimes, and they are so humble.”

This year’s Brian Prince Awards winners:

Queensland Police Service:  Sergeant Marty Arnold

Queensland Health: CNC Emma Nugent

Queensland Ambulance Service: Advanced Care Paramedic 2 Nicola Grundy

Queensland Fire Emergency Service: Auxiliary Firefighter John Ratcliffe

Volunteer Finalists

Queensland Rural Fire Service: Neil Much

State Emergency Service: Luke Harding

Volunteer Marine Rescue: Dr Graham Kingston

Queensland Surf Life Saving: John Davis

Volunteer of the Year:

Queensland Rural Fire Service: Neil Much

ABC Wide Bay Media Award: Peter Hollier

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