After years of service to the Narromine Fire and Rescue NSW brigade, retained firefighters Don Cross and Robert Davis have hung up their helmets.
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Narromine Fire Station Commander Captain Ewen Jones said tears were shed on Saturday evening as almost 70 family, friends and members of the community celebrated and bid farewell to the two long-serving firefighters.
Mr Cross joined Narromine fire brigade on October 1, 1996 and his citation describes the achievements of his service.
"He enjoyed being part of a team protecting the community of Narromine in various ways, whether it was attending accidents, assisting the ambulance or other educational or community involved events," his citation read.
Despite leaving Narromine, he maintained his service joining the Mudgee Fire station in 2003. He returned in 2006 following the birth of his two children.
Captain Jones said Mr Cross is a "man of his word" and has been a major contribution to the brigade.
"It is rare these days to find a person like Don who respects the chain of command, and actually takes the time to think about others, usually before himself," he said.
Mr Davis initially joined the Country Fire Association (CFA) at Greendale, Victoria in 1994 however joined the Narromine Fire Brigade on July 15, 2004.
He received his National medal in August 2012, and his 15-years service medal in July 2014.
His citation describes his many achievements and details his time at the CFA where he attended many bushfires, including one of the biggest he attended at Ballarat where he was required to work for four days straight.
Captain Jones said Mr Davis has been an asset to the fire station, and along with Bob Tresseser have been the 'kings of the barbecue'.
"I am not sure how I will go rolling hoses up after drill or incidents by myself," he said.
"Bob was always available, and sometimes had to remind me that there were hoses that needed rolling.
"I am a very lucky Captain to have had two fantastic firefighters like Bob and Don.
"They were both in the brigade for the right reasons, and joined to protect the community,.
"They're both humble, quiet achievers, and they've been so reliable and honest and will be truly missed from the brigade."
The two men were also presented their helmets signed by former Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant, and trophy's hand-made by firefighter Jamie McKinnon.
Captain Jones said the brigade are now looking to fill the ranks, and anyone interested should contact the station on 6889 1203.
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