Bill Roffey was personally nominated for the Torch-Bearer Award by Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight in honour of his years of community service to the Coffs Harbour area.
The Torch-Bearer Award was presented on May 31, 2017 and accepted on his behalf by fellow SES volunteer Mark Wyborn at a civic reception hosted by Coffs Harbour City Council in the City Square. (NBN News Mid North Coast recorded the event for the evening news.)
Bill Roffey has lived on the Coffs Coast since 1999 and became a member of the NSW SES in 2005. In 2009, he put his hand up to become Unit Controller and now leads over 70 active SES volunteers.
Bill was born in country Victoria, where there was always a sense of community. After seeing the damage caused by a weather event and having time available, he felt it was a natural thing for him to volunteer.
Bill finds great reward in helping people, as well as leading an extremely dedicated, highly trained and professional group of SES volunteers who are on call 24/7 every day of the year.
The SES is a primary response organisation in Coffs Harbour. Working in conjunction with the other emergency services, the SES is activated for road crash, vertical, animal and flood rescues. It also provides support to NSW Police for missing people or evidence searches and gaining access to premises for medical emergencies or people trapped in lifts.
SES volunteer Mark Wyborn accepted the Torch-Bearer Award on behalf of Bill Roffey.