ONE of Byron Bay’s hardest-working community members, Warren ‘Simmo’ Simmons, has been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday awards announced on Monday.
Captain Simmons, who is the Byron Bay fire station officer, was one of only three Fire and Rescue NSW officers awarded the Australian Fire Services Medal this year.
The medal is one of the highest honours available for Australian firefighters.
Now on holiday in Cairns, Captain Simmons said he was “delighted and ecstatic”.
“After the Commissioner called to congratulate me this morning, I had to go out and buy the paper to make sure,” he laughed.
Captain Simmons has been a firey in the Byron Shire for more than 32 years and a mechanic at local service stations for 42 years.
He owns Byron Service Station and also operates the local NRMA roadside assistance service.
Captain Simmons has also been involved in many community and charitable organisations and is a former Byron Shire deputy mayor.
“The fire brigade has been great for me because all their training has set me up with skills that have helped enormously in other areas of my work,” Captain Simmons said.
The 64-year-old says he has no immediate plans to retire and after his holidays it will be business as usual.
“I’ve got plenty of time yet. I’m not going anywhere,” he said.
“I’m happy at Byron Bay. We have plenty of support there.”
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