Civil Defence Volunteers honoured
15 December 2017
Sligo Civil Defence volunteers were honoured with a reception in County Hall hosted by Cathaoirleach Councillor Seamus Kilgannon. The volunteers were presented with special commemorative Centenary medals and certificates by the Cathaoirleach. The ceremony was attended by Civil Defence Officers Marion Davis and Seamus Egan and volunteers from around the county. Also in attendance were Councillors Declan Bree, Marie Casserly, Hubert Keaney and Chris MacManus
In his address the Cathaoirleach said ‘Sligo’s year as ‘European Capital of Volunteering s coming to a close, and I can think of no finer organisation to celebrate our history of Volunteering than Sligo Civil Defence, and I welcome the opportunity to honour and applaud the dedicated people convened here this evening. Indeed I would go as far as to say if anyone sought to examine a template or model of outstanding voluntary endeavour, I would ask them to look no further than our Civil Defence organisations throughout the country.
Over the course of my time in public life, as Councillor and currently as Cathaoirleach, I have seen at first hand the professionalism and attention to detail which are the hall- marks of the Civil Defence Organisation. There is also an enormous sense of gratitude and appreciation among the general public for our front line emergency services and first-responders, people who give so generously of their time and expertise for the common good. Right across the full spectrum of local endeavour, whether for a sporting, civic, or community event, the first group people will call on are our Civil Defence teams, who are always ready to assist without fuss or fanfare.
Attend any major event in this region, and it is likely that Civil Defence will be involved. Their expertise and experience has been a re-assuring presence for event organisers, and the discreet and unassuming way they carry out their duties is widely admired. I would also encourage anyone seeking a fulfilling and exciting activity, to consider becoming a Civil Defence Volunteer, and in the process make a major contribution to your community.