SES 'storm hero' wins well-deserved award

John O'Gorman, Eidsvold SES - Storm Heroes award winner

John O’Gorman  from Eidsvold SES has been named ‘Winner’ in the 2013 NRMA Insurance Storm Hero awards for single-handedly running the unit’s response following the Australia Day Long Weekend storms.

NRMA Insurance Community and Alliances Manager Megan Lupton said the Storm Heroes Awards, now in their fifth year, celebrate hard-working SES volunteers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

“John O’Gorman is a well-regarded member of the Eidsvold SES and was a genuine ‘Storm Hero’ in January when Ex Tropical Cyclone Oswald hit. He gave selflessly of his time to help the community in the wake of the storm, tending to homes and rescuing locals who needed help. 

“SES volunteers are committed to helping their local community and can always be counted on when severe weather hits. John’s contribution to his community is significant and extraordinary, and we are proud to recognise him for his efforts,” said Ms Lupton.

The Member for Callide, Jeff Seeney MP, congratulated John O’Gorman on his Storm Hero Award.

“We deeply appreciate our local SES unit and volunteers like John O’Gorman. We know that they will be there for us when wild weather strikes,” Mr Seeney said.  “This award highlights the vital work SES volunteers do to help our communities recover following severe weather and other emergencies.”

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) Central Regional Director, Wayne Hepple, said John is a valuable member of the QLD SES and his local unit.

“John happened to be the one and only Eidsvold SES volunteer available to help during the January floods. Our unit is small and all of the other eight members were injured, sick or cut off from town, so it fell to John to save the day. He rescued at least four people with help from one of our local residents and went ten days straight helping others. His contribution was remarkable and we are very proud of him.

EMQ Assistant Director-General Bruce Grady said SES volunteers continued to be a pillar of strength in local communities.

“SES volunteers always bring the best of themselves when nature is at its worst. We appreciate the difference awards such as NRMA Insurance’s Storm Heroes make in supporting and recognising our tireless volunteers,” he said.

NRMA Insurance has been supporting the Queensland SES since 2007 to help households better prepare for and recover from severe storms and rewarding SES volunteers with discounts on car and home insurance.