Over 40 Civil Defence Volunteers were honoured on Friday night last (24 November) for their dedicated service to the community of County Wicklow.
This annual event is an opportunity to recognise and pay tribute to long-serving Volunteers across the county.
Long service awards were presented by the Wicklow County Council Chief Executive, Emer O’Gorman, and Cathaoirleach, Cllr Aoife Flynn Kennedy, to Volunteers who had 10, 20 and 30 years’ service.
An outstanding award was presented to Sheila O’Neill who received a long service award for a remarkable 60 years’ service with Wicklow Civil Defence. These awards demonstrate the commitment and enthusiasm of the volunteers to the Civil Defence organisation.
A number of Covid 19 medals were also presented to volunteers as a recognition by Government for their voluntary service during recent Covid times.
The presentation of certificates for courses attended, which is an important part of the Training & Development of Volunteers, also took place on the night.
Cathaoirleach Cllr Aoife Flynn Kennedy stated: “As Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council I acknowledge the outstanding contribution made by the members of Civil Defence, to the people of County Wicklow. It is reassuring to know that you as Volunteers are always available to respond to calls for assistance from the Gardai, Local Authority and other Agencies.
“Your assistance and response over the last number of years has helped to support and maintain essential services to the public in times of great need and distress. I would like to wish you every success for the future and to assure you of my continued support and that of the Elected Members of Wicklow County Council”.
Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, Emer O’Gorman, congratulated those receiving awards saying: “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate those of you receiving Long Service Awards, Covid 19 Medals, and Training Certificates here this evening. I am delighted to be attending this Awards and as Chief Executive it gives me an opportunity to personally thank each one of you for the great work that you have undertaken throughout the year.
“Civil Defence as an organisation provides a wide range of extremely important services to local communities by volunteering in events throughout Wicklow and indeed offering services to our neighbouring Counties, you the volunteers are our most valuable asset”.
The event was also attended by Aidan Dillon, Assistant Principle Civil Defence Branch Department Of Defence; Leonora Earls, Director of Services Transport, Water & Emergency Services, and Mike Carroll, Wicklow Civil Defence Officer.