Richard Claxton moved to Campbelltown when he was just nine years old.
He held various jobs and positions throughout adulthood – including being a member of the Lynwood Park Rural Fire Service (RFS).
The Leumeah resident joined the RFS 43 years ago and he served as captain of the station.
Mr Claxton, who is currently the deputy captain of the station, has now received recognition for being one of Campbelltown’s longest serving volunteers.
The state member for Campbelltown, Mr Greg Warren, is behind the honour to Mr Claxton.
Mr Warren recently presented Mr Claxton with a Life Long Volunteering (40 plus years of service) Award and pin as acknowledgement of his four decades of dedication in Campbelltown.
“There are so many Campbelltown residents who donate their time to help others during their time of need – it’s one of the qualities our area is famous for,’’ says Mr Warren.
“But what sets Richard apart from others is his longevity.
“Forty-three years dedicated to the local Rural Fire Service is an astonishing achievement.
“When you sign up for the RFS you effectively put yourself in a position of immense danger while fighting bush fires,’’ Mr Warren said.
“The dedication and willingness of members like Richard to put the welfare of the community above their own is nothing short of admirable and does not go unnoticed.”
Mr Claxton has also worked at Campbelltown Council for more than 40 years. He met his current partner, Betty Holz, in 2005, and together the couple have five children and nine grandchildren.