Top honour for Byron Bay lifesaver
BYRON Bay lifesaver Jimmy Keogh has received the region's top surf life saving honour for his years of commitment and dedication to saving lives on the Far North Coast.
An unpaid volunteer, Mr Keogh, the senior Life Saving Far North Coast duty officer, received the president's award at the recent annual awards of excellence.
Surf Life Saving Far North Coast president Wilson Cregan said Mr Keogh received the award for his outstanding contribution to surf life saving at every level.
"It was very rewarding to see someone who started as a junior and has come up through the ranks receive the award," he said.
Mr Cregan said in his role as duty officer, Mr Keogh had helped save many lives on the region's beaches.
"Response time in emergencies is a matter of life and death and Jimmy is always available," he said.
"He understands the call-out procedures and emergency procedures and has developed a very good network of contacts."
Mr Keogh was reportedly surprised and honoured to receive the president's award perpetual shield and trophy last Saturday at Cudgen Headland Surf Club, Kingscliff.
The usually ultra-reliable Mr Keogh was exhausted after finishing night shift as a Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter crew member yesterday, and for the first time in recent memory he was unavailable for comment before deadline.