Walmer RNLI volunteers awarded for 20 years of saving lives at sea

Lifeboats News Release

Long standing and dedicated Walmer volunteers Brad Rebbeck and Steve Emptage have been awarded Long Service Medals for 20 years of service to the RNLI.

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Walmer volunteers gathered at the lifeboat station on Sunday 23 January to join crew members Brad Rebbeck and Steve Emptage who were presented with their medals by Lifeboat Operations Manager Denis Brophy.

Steve, who works in a local vehicle reconstruction centre joined the Walmer crew in January 2001 and is one of the station’s sea-going casualty care crew.

Brad joined the station four months later in May 2001. One of the station helms, he is a firefighter with Kent Fire & Rescue and is also part of the UK and International Search and Rescue which can be deployed to natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes. It is due to these extra duties that he has reluctantly made the difficult decision to take a step back from active duty with the RNLI.

Speaking at the presentation, Denis said, ‘It’s a big moment for the station to be able to award two such medals to recognise the dedication and huge achievements of Brad and Steve. It’s also a mark of the esteem and respect your fellow volunteers have for you with their attendance this morning to help you celebrate.

Notes to editors

Walmer lifeboat station was established in 1856.

It currently operates two inshore lifeboats – a B Class Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan and a smaller D Class Duggie Rodbard II.

Crews have received 28 Awards for Gallantry

Photo 1 Operations Manager Denis Brophy (centre) with Brad Rebbeck (left) and Steve Emptage (right)

Photo 2 Walmer volunteers celebrate with Brad and Steve

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RNLI/Christopher Winslade

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