WHIDDON Beaudesert Star resident Arthur Mallinson had some special visitors from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services bosses on Friday, 20 years after retiring from his job as a Rathdowney firefighter.
Mr Mallinson was lieutenant of the Rathdowney auxiliary fire crew when it was discovered he had worked two years past the compulsory retirement age of 65.
Whiddon employee Dylan Chidgey, who is a current member of the Kooralbyn fire crew, took a special interest in Mr Mallinson when he saw a QFES plaque in his room and came to realise the elderly man's history as a firefighter.
"I thought, that's going to be me one day," Mr Chidgey said. "I really did hope he would get the recognition he deserved for all those years he put in working for emergency services."
Mr Mallinson was awarded the QFES Medal, previously called the Diligent and Ethical Service Medal and is not handed out simply by virtue of long service.
QFES said the medal was only awarded to those whose work performance and conduct was compatible with QFES' values and provided recognition of demonstrated commitment to ethical standards, personal integrity and diligent service over a prolonged period.
Mr Mallinson's daughter-in-law Suzanne Jones said the family was happy that he was being recognised.
"He was really proud of his work, proud of his job," she said.
"It is great to see this happen for him."
Rathdowney auxilliary fire station's captain Matt Arkinstall said he had recently visited Mr Mallinson and left his QFES hat for him.
"Arthur started his QFES career in 1981 and he lived just across the road from the station," he said.
"He didn't want to retire but he was forced to after the subject of his age came up in general conversation and it was found that Arthur was 67, two years past compulsory retirement age.
"When he retired they recruited three blokes to take his place and I was one of them."
Also on hand for the presentation was Fire Inspector for the Scenic Rim Kerry Cumner who congratulated Mr Mallinson and thanked him for his service.