Vale Kerry OBrien

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Vale Kerry O'Brien

We are saddened to mention the passing of CFA and Brigade Life Member, Kerry O’Brien.

Kerry joined Upwey Fire Brigade in August of 1958, serving as a Brigade Officer from 1975 to 1978. He is the recipient of the National Medal, (and several additional clasps recognising his ongoing contribution) and the National Emergency Medal for his participation in the 2009 Black Saturday Fires. The VFBV Gold Star Award.

Kerry was awarded Life Membership of the Upwey Fire Brigade in 1985 and made a CFA Life Member in 2013. Between 1979 and 1995, Kerry was awarded the Brigades Best Fireman Award 12 times, with an additional two years as runner up. He was also awarded Commendation Awards 8 times being for recognition of the many jobs he has undertaken over this time.

Kerry also had a helping hand in maintaining the Brigades’ social activities ranging from Pokies trips to NSW, Car Shows, Bingo nights to name a few. He has played a major role in the development and maintenance for all our vehicles over these years through involvement in our Vehicle Replacement committees, Driver development programs and member welfare programs.

Kerry, equally known for his fastidious detail in maintaining our Firefighting appliances as his sense of humour and comedic antics.

Vale Kerry O’Brien, you were instrumental in modeling the brigade to be where it is today, you will not be forgotten.

The Upwey township flag was flown at half mast in respect to the 65 years of service provided to the community of Upwey, surrounding townships, numerous Victorian and interstate campaign fires.

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Vale Kerry OBrien

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