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Epping (Melbourne, Vic.) fire truck named 14 Apr 2016 13:41 #169228

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EPPING CFA truck’s moniker pays tribute to ex-captain who beat cancer.
April 14, 2016 Whittlesea Leader.
Epping CFA have named one of its trucks after a member who has beaten cancer, former captain Kenneth Jeffery.
Mr Jeffery, 71, joined the brigade as a 12-year-old and progressed through the ranks.
“I had some time as a career firefighter with the CFA and also with aviation in the airport fire service,” Mr Jeffery said.
“Probably the most significant thing I did in my time was being involved in the Ash Wednesday fires in 1983.”
Mr Jeffery was heavily involved in training new members and held various position in the brigade during his long career, including captain.
He retired from active service in 1994 but is a life member of the CFA and the Epping Fire Brigade.
Mr Jeffery said he was blown away when he found out a truck had been named after him.
“It came as a surprise,” he said.
“They knew I had been very sick and things didn’t look too good.
“It is a great honour and it doesn’t happen to everybody.”
Epping CFA captain Robert Saitta said it was the first time the brigade had named a truck after one of its members.
“We thought this would be a good way to honour him and all of the years of service to the Epping Fire Brigade,” he said.
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