While retired Goonellabah Fire Station captain, Kevin Muldoon, is looking forward to spending more time with his wife and kids, he said it hasnt been easy leaving his other family behind.
After 30 years at Goonellabahs helm (and another eights years prior to that with the Lismore Fire Station) Kevin or Mulley as hes better known decided it was time to hang up his firemans hat for the last time.
While the 70-year-old misses his colleagues, Mulley says hes loving retirement, and cant wait to get in some serious fishing. He says his kids were bowled over by his decision, as they thought Id be here till they wheeled me out in a box.
In 2004 Mulley was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal for his amazing dedication to the profession, and while it came as a huge surprise, he said he loved the fact that someone from the country was awarded such a prestigious honour.
The new captain, Konrad Sawczynski, has pretty big shoes to fill, and says its definitely been a steep learning curve.
You dont always realise just how much someone does until theyve left, Konrad said. Goonellabah has a great reputation for being involved in lots of community-based activities, which is something that Mulley started. It was a real shock for us all when he left, and the reality really hasnt sunk in yet. As the captain he showed amazing leadership and empathy hes everything youd look for in a boss.
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