Quiet achiever gets life membership after 45 years

45 YEARS OF SERVICE: Don Warnock (left), former Violet Town group officer Alan Kubeil, Jeff Jennings, Alf Bloc, Violet Town group officer Ross Hanrahan, Fred Russell, Tony Owen (holding the medal), Mark McDonald, John Dunn and Victoria Police Leading Senior Constable Pat Storer. PHOTOS: Paul Verbeek

HE is known as a quiet achiever among the Country Fire Authority (CFA) community but Violet Town firefighter Fred Russell is committed to servicing his region, even after 45 years.

Fred was awarded the CFA’s 45-year Life Membership Medal in Violet Town last week, surrounded by fellow residents and firefighters.

Fred has been an integral part of the Violet Town CFA since he joined in 1965.

During his 45 years of service, he worked as a foreman (1966-71 and again in 1987), first lieutenant (1971-81), captain (1988-9) and an active firefighter from 1989 to earlier this year.

Unfortunately, Fred’s health has taken a turn for the worse, meaning he cannot respond to fire emergencies but his colleagues and friends still saw fit to award him for his tireless service.

Long time colleague and friend of 21 years John Dunn said Fred’s absence had started to get noticed around the Violet Town fire station.

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