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Published date: Sunday, 9 June 2019

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A veteran police officer leading investigations into serious crimes across NSW, an expert in recovery following major natural disasters and an instrumental leader during flood operations are some of the first responders honoured today in the Queen’s Birthday list. 

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said the Queen’s Birthday long weekend was an appropriate time to give credit to 23 men and women in uniform by awarding them the Australian Police Medal, Australian Fire Services Medal or Emergency Services Medal. 

The recipients include a veteran of the NSW Police Force, Superintendent Jason William Box, who was the lead investigator in the high profile Black Market Café triple murders in 1997. Superintendent Box has 30 years of policing experience across a number of regions. He was also the driving force behind raising approximately $100,000 for the Sydney Children’s Hospital in 2016. 

Rural Fire Service Group Captain Larry Bagnell has fought many fires across NSW and led strike teams across the nation. He was instrumental in the clean-up following the Northern Territory’s Cyclone Lam in 2015. Mr Bagnell also project managed the construction of the Londonderry Rural Fire Station and other projects, at no charge. 

NSW State Emergency Service member Gregory Cormack is an operational expert in flood rescues, particularly in the George’s River area. He has been a member of the SES for 27 years and a key contributor to the Incident Management Project, which develops emergency services plans and training. 

“Day after day, these 23 brave men and women put a uniform on and go to work protecting the community from harm. These medals are some of the highest honours available to members and are proof of the first-class service provided to NSW by the best police force and emergency services agencies in the world,” Mr Elliott said. 

“They don’t go to work or volunteer for awards and accolades, but it is important we recognise the enormous contribution they make towards community safety.”