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Awarded for service to the Community
Entered on roll: 2013
A selfless dedication to and understanding of people in trouble and adversity.
Volunteer fire fighter, coastguard and business operator, Jenny Hamer (nee Doherty), was born in Queenstown on 2 May 1944, and works for a safer Tasmania.
Jenny has been an active volunteer fire fighter since 1969. With her husband, Kerry, she pioneered Strahan's local fire brigade and built Strahan's first fire station - from an old tin shed to a state-of-the-art building staffed by well-trained fire crews.
Jenny is known for her selfless dedication to and understanding of people in trouble and adversity. She works for a safer Tasmania and improved fire awareness of others by actively participating in emergency procedures.
The tragic loss of Jenny's brother at sea in 1979 saw her start the volunteer coastguard with the promise to herself that there will always be someone listening if the call for help should arise. At that time the West Coast had no procedures in place for immediate rescue.
Jenny has received recognition for her voluntary commitment to helping others. She was awarded: the Emergency Service Pride of Australia Medal Tasmania in 2009; the Tasmanian Fire Service 25 years' service medal in 2004; the 10 year certificate for the volunteer coastguard in 2002; and the Tasmania Day Citizen of the Year award in 2011.
Jenny is a valued member in her community. She, along with her husband, built the Strahan service station and they own and operate Strahan Towing and Forklift Hire. They are also the local RACT agents.
An avid sportsperson, Jenny is a foundation member of the Strahan Indoor Bowls Club and a life member of the Strahan Hockey Club.