Vince honoured by CFA for lifetime of volunteering

By Simon Ruppert

Benalla Fire Brigade volunteer, and long-time Country Fire Authority member, Vince Vaccaro JP was awarded a National Medal for diligent service last week.

Mr Vaccaro, a resident at Royal Freemasons Aged Care Home was given the accolade, which recognises service above and beyond the normal conditions as a volunteer with the CFA, over a prolonged period.

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Benalla CFA member Shane Nedeljkovic said Vince's service covers many years with CFA.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer District 23, Colin Brown, reads the warrant for the issuing of the National Medal to Mr Vacarro

“He starting with Oxley Flats Brigade before a move to Eldorado Brigade back in 1982 where he served as the Communications Officer before making his move to Benalla in 2004,” Mr Nedeljkovic said.

“(He quickly) became a valued member and firefighter.

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“During his time has attended many of the larger fires both within and out of the district as a front-line volunteer and as support personnel where he has acted in many other roles... providing valuable assistance.”

Apart from this dedicated service to his local fire brigades, Vince was also an active member of the Swanpool Cinema and a Justice of the Peace serving his local community.

Benalla Fire Brigade Captain Jamie Beaton said it was always a special occasion when he could honour one of his brigade personnel with this type of award.

Mr Vacarro pictured with his sisters after receiving his medal

“In this current climate with the restrictions caused by coronavirus it had been a challenge to be able to achieve this award ceremony,” Mr Beaton said.

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“Vince expressed his gratitude to the management and staff of Benalla Freemasons facility for their efforts in making this happen, whilst having to ensure all components of the lock-down for aged-care homes were met.”

“He also took time to thank District 23 Commander Paul Horton for all his work to ensure that the award was approved and available for this very special occasion in what has been an active service life with both the CFA and Benalla Fire Brigade.”

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