‘If I had my time again, I would do the same thing. I just like helping people’ was the essence of Doug Ladner’s speech as he received the State Emergency Services 40 years of Service awards at Council recently.
Mr Ladner born in Brisbane moved to Ingham from Cardwell in 1964 with wife Elma, and joined the SES in 1977 after previously being a member of the Queensland Civil Defence Organisation. A knowledgeable Timber cutter and supervisor Mr Ladner began his service to help other people in their time of need.
As an active member of the Hinchinbrook SES up until his retirement, father of five and grandfather of 16, Mr Ladner had received a number of awards including Queensland Flood and Cyclone and Citation (2010-2011) Meritorious Clasp and National Clasp both after 35 years of service.
Mr Ladner now encourages others to consider becoming a volunteer with the SES, ‘it’s a fantastic way to make a difference within the community, and help other people when they need it most’.
For more information about the SES, please visit the Queensland State Emergency Services website, www.ses.qld.gov.au