JUST over 25 years ago Wagga resident Peter Dwyer not only graduated to become a firefighter, he became a third generation fireman.
“Firefighting is in my family,” he said.
Fire Commissioner Greg Mullins presents Peter Dwyer with the final clasp National Medal for 25 years to Fire and Rescue NSW. Commissioner Mullins said Captain Dwyer was the “epitome of what people expect from a fire officer”.
“We have a long history with the NSW Fire Brigade, now Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW).
“My grandfather was a firefighter and my dad was a firefighter so I’m a third-generation firefighter.”
Recently the father-of-two’s distinguished career was brought into the spotlight, when the popular captain returned to the State Training College at Alexandria to receive the final clasp National Medial after 25 years service.
Captain Dwyer was one of three firefighters recognised with long-term service at the graduation ceremony for 24 new fire officers set to embark on careers within the ranks of Fire and Rescue NSW.
Standing alongside Fire and Rescue NSW’s newest recruits, Captain Dwyer is confident he still has a lot of years left in him.
“One of the things that sticks out for me over my career was on Sunday, January 1, 2006, when Wagga Fire Station responded to a bushfire that was threatening numerous properties on two streets in Junee,” Captain Dwyer said.
During the course of the incident, fire crews acted with tremendous dedication under hazardous circumstances and in extreme conditions to successfully prevent any loss of life and substantially minimised property damage.
Captain Dwyer and his crew were awarded a unit commendation for Meritorious Service that was presented by FRNSW Commissioner Greg Mullins.
“I was also sent up to fight the 1994 bushfires in the Blue Mountains and we were the first NSW crew to head across the border to the Victorian Black Saturday bushfires in 2009,” Captain Dwyer said.
“They stick out as some of the most memorable experiences for me over my career, not that you really want to remember them.”
Speaking proudly about his incredible career, Captain Dwyer said he loved being a firefighter because he got to give something back to the community.
“It makes you feel good every day,” he said.
“I also really like the camaraderie I have with the crew too.
“We have had some good times together.”
Commissioner Greg Mullins congratulated Captain Dwyer on his commitment to FRNSW and the people of Wagga.
“People like Captain Dwyer are the epitome of what people expect of a fire officer,” he said.
“Extremely competent, caring, and cool, calm and collected, no matter how bad a situation he faces.
“He has dedicated his working life to protecting the community and helping people and I’m sure will continue to do so for many years to come.”
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