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Young volunteer humbled
Bunbury SES Team Leader Keaton Widmer was named Bunbury Young Citizen of the Year.

A YOUNG State Emergency Services volunteer has won the highest community honour for devoting his time to helping others in times of crisis.

Keaton Widmer, 22, was named Young Citizen of the Year and was recognised for dedication and commitment to the Bunbury SES, where he has volunteered for more than five years and earned the position of team leader.

Mr Widmer said he had an early upbringing with the SES with both his parents being involved and taking him to the base when an emergency arose.

"I remember having to get up very late at nights when a storm struck and would watch videos at the depot while they went out on a rescue operation," he said.

Mr Widmer said winning this award was incredibly humbling and made him feel proud to be an Australian citizen.

"It’s a great sense of acknowledgement to be recognised by the City and the Bunbury SES for all the work I’ve done, and to receive it on Australia Day really makes it a little more special," Mr Widmer said.

"I don’t think there is anything more Australian than helping others in times of need and volunteering for the SES has honestly been the best thing I’ve ever done.’’

Mr Widmer was nominated by the Bunbury SES for going above and beyond the call of duty in emergency situations and showing outstanding leadership.

Last year, Mr Widmer won a State Fire Emergency Services Authority Award, recognising him as the best volunteer under25 years of age in Western Australia.

He has been involved in coordinating many local operations in Bunbury including the clean-up after last year’s Tornado which hit Hastie Street, the search for the missing German backpacker and a cliff rescue at Fish Creek.

His fiancée Kelly Bloor said she was very proud of his achievements and was looking forward to planning their wedding for November.