Father and son celebrate at awards

Matt Anderson (left)on receiving his gold service medal, and his father Rod Anderson, on awards night.

It was a father and son night at the recent Annual Service Volunteer Fire Brigade Awards held in Wānaka.

Rod Anderson, who has served in the Luggate Fire Brigade for 48 years presented his son Mathew Anderson with his 25-year gold service medal. Mathew Anderson joined the Luggate Volunteer Firebrigade when he turned 16 years, this after spending two years training with the team while he was a schoolboy. He has since never missed a practice, said his father Rod Anderson.

Rod Anderson said the awards night was significant because it gave the Luggate, Hawea and Wānaka teams an opportunity to fraternise together.

"To us, the night is very important because we are the only place in New Zealand where three brigades hold service award gatherings together on the same night," he said.

"If it weren't for Covid the awards would have been held earlier in the year, but we held off so that we could all be together."

The awards were for service to the brigades, Rod Anderson said.

"The first award is a three Year certificate, then there is a five-year medal, then every two years after that there is a bar that goes on the medal, then at 25 years there is a gold star, and then every two years there is a two-year gold bar that goes with the star."

Ros Anderson is the chief fire officer at the Luggate Fire Brigade, and his son Mathew Anderson is the deputy. Between them, they have 73 years of service. That is very much a family affair.

Service Honours were presented to members of the Luggate Volunteer Fire Brigade:

  •   Jamie Cowie   3 year certificate

  •   Heath Naylor  3 year certificate

  •   Lisa Chambers  5 year silver medal

  •   Jan Grant     2 year silver bar   9 years service

  •   Scott Challis  2 year silver bar   19 years

  •   Matt Anderson  25 year Gold Star

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