Below are photos of Helen being presented the inaugural National Emergency Medal at the Lobby Restaurant by Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
About former CFA Captain Helen Kenney ...
For Helen Kenney, receiving a National Emergency Medal is reflective of the people she has led for the past four years.
As captain of the St Andrews Fire Brigade up until last year, Mrs Kenney has provided leadership to her members through many significant events – including the bushfires of February 2009.
“The fires still impact on our town and people in more ways than one,” Mrs Kenney said.
“Our brigade worked really hard during those fires and worked really well together given the number of obstacles we were faced with.
“I believe the community was really thankful that we were there – our volunteers were so dedicated and willing to help.”
On January 26, Mrs Kenney travelled to
“I am very honoured but I do see it more as a brigade award than something individual,” Mrs Kenney said.
“During my time as captain, I was lucky to have been able to lead such a great group of people.”
Mrs Kenney has been involved with St Andrews Fire Brigade for about 12 years now and was introduced to CFA by her son.
“It is fantastic to be able to help the community but it’s also something you can get a lot out of yourself,” she said.
“It can improve your skills not only as a firefighter, but personally, through building your confidence and knowledge.”
Read about other Australia Day award recipients here.
Photos by Australia Day 2012's photostream.