TIGHT UNIT: The Woodburn SES volunteers receive long service awards and medals.
TIGHT UNIT: The Woodburn SES volunteers receive long service awards and medals. Susanna Freymark

Real heroes wear orange

THEY wouldn't like to be called heroes.

And their faces showed humility as NSW SES region controller Mark Somers handed out long service awards and national medals to members of the Woodburn SES Unit.

"We don't join the SES for medals,” Mr Somers said. "We serve our community.”

The 18 active SES volunteers are there when we need them. They give up time with their families not only in emergencies but for regular training.

Woodburn SES unit controller Jim McCormack said one of their members was currently in Sydney learning how to rescue people from a car, underwater, at night time.

The Woodburn team are a GLR which means they are a general land and rivers unit. There are 70 GLRs in the state.

Mr Somers said the medals he handed out on Thursday night covered 280 years of service and included four national medals.

The protocol is to wear service medals such as long service on the right and national medals on the left, like military medals.

Medals are worn at official SES events and parades.

SES AWARDS WOODBURN UNIT

5 years long service: Arthur Green, Robert Grill, Lyn Hunt and Regan Sawatzki

10 years long service: John Ingram and Karen Roots

15 years long service: Jenny McCormack

20 years long service: Alan Stratton, Paul Morgan, Lynette Stratton and David Roots

25 years long service: Alan Stratton, Lynette Stratton and David Roots

35 years long service: Bruce McCormack and Jim McCormack

National Medal: Jenny McCormack

Congratulations to all members and thank you for your service to our community