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Kings Birthday Honours List – Bourke’s Group Captain Michael Amos receives highest RFS Award

Bourke’s Rural Fire Service Captain, Michael Amos has been recognised in the 2023 King’s Birthday honours list. Photo supplied

Tricia Duffield

Rural Fire Service Group Captain Michael Amos from the Far West District is one of the named eight recipients of the Australian Fire Service Medals in 2023.

Captain Amos was awarded the medal in the King’s Birthday Honours list in recognition of his dedication and hard work and for distinguished service by a member of an Australian fire service.

It is the highest Rural Fire Service award.

RFS Commissioner, Rob Rogers, commended Mr Amos and the other medal recipients on their accomplishments, saying they had given their all, fighting fires, responded during a range of other emergency situations, and were guiding the next generation of RFS members with their vast experience.

“All these members represent the very best of the Rural Fire Service and I’m proud to see their service formally recognised with this national medal, joining an esteemed list of Australian Fire Service Medal recipients.”

For Michael Amos, the news that he had received the King’s Birthday Honours award was a shock – and a difficult secret to keep.

“I was really surprised but it’s a great honour and I’m very excited to receive it,” Michael said.

“I heard a few days earlier from the Governor General’s office, but I had to keep it a secret until Monday and that was hard.

“You are supposed to keep it secret even from family and when I asked my daughter to take a photograph for me, I had to tell her it was just for the RFS profile page but when it was announced she knew why!”

Michael volunteered for the RFS after hearing a call out on 2WEB more than twenty years ago.{…]

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