The unit gathered in congratulations and a heartfelt thanks from the community is generally what accompanies a five-year long service presentation for the SES.
But for Inverell's Riley Gruenfeld, his was presented by David Elliott, the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, as well as local MP Adam Marshall.
"It was amazing - I was not expecting to be given that by him personally," he enthused.
Mr Gruenfeld joined three years after his father became a member, and after completing the cadet program, joined up as soon as he clicked over the 16 year mark.
Since then, he's been involved in floods, land searches and other multi-agency events, and it never ceases to amaze him the generosity and willingness of the Inverell community to help out when they can.
"There was a big event a few years ago where our local unit ended up calling every support agency in town, and I remember how busy and full on we got," he remembered.
"The support of the community, they helped fill sandbags, and just to help get us ready to we can go help the others.
"It's a lot of fun, it gives you new life experiences, and what you can achieve in a volunteer association can help propel your future."
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