Dedicated firefighter adds two awards to trophy cabinet
THE last time Eddie O'Brien won an award, it was a third place trophy in go-karting.
But the Boyne Island auxiliary firefighter received top honours at the QFRS Gladstone Medal Presentation at the weekend.
Eddie was the only firefighter in the region to receive two awards, including a National Medal recognising his 15 years of service.
He was also awarded a Diligent and Ethical Service Medal for his volunteer efforts.
"This award recognises my out of hours work. I also have a fulltime job," Eddie said.
Eddie said he was roped into fire fighting after meeting now-Gladstone fire station officer Harry Tattersall in the Army Reserves.
"I wanted to give something back to my community and I knew fire fighting would be one way to do that," he said.
As part of his daily duties Eddie is required to test equipment and make sure it is in working order.
He is also on call 24 hours a day.
Some of the more recent blazes Eddie has battled include the Tannum Sands grass fire last year.
"I'm honoured to receive this award," he said.