National service medals and other awards have been presented to Maryborough and Hervey Bay police officers at Maryborough City Hall.
National service medals and other awards have been presented to Maryborough and Hervey Bay police officers at Maryborough City Hall. Robyne Cuerel

Police recognised for service at M'boro City Hall

THE long service of Fraser Coast police was honoured at an official presentation at Maryborough City Hall on Friday, with one officer recognised for 40 years of service.

Inspector Paul Biggin presented the awards to the officers while Hervey Bay and Maryborough MPs Ted Sorensen and Anne Maddern watched on.

Sergeant Robert Baumann was award Queensland Police Service Medal 40 Year Clasp, recognising both the length of time and the quality of the work Sgt Baumann had contributed to the community.

Maryborough Snr Sgt David Briese was awarded a national medal while Detective Sergeant David Guild was awarded a 1st Clasp medal.

Snr Sgt Dan Willett was awarded a 2nd Clasp medal, while Det Sgt David Guild and Snr Const Shane Coles were awarded National Police Service Medals.

Sgt Christopher Elder was awarded a 15 year Clasp, recognising his 15 years in the service, while Insp Biggin received a 25 Year Clasp along with Sgt Stephen Stagoll.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell was also at the presentation and said Sgt Baumann's contribution to the Maryborough community had been second to none.

"He is to be congratulated," Cr O"Connell said of the sergeant's service.

Cr O'Connell said that Sgt Baumann's family had accepted hardships and suffered uncertainties throughout Sgt Baumann's policing career as he carried out important but sometimes difficult work.

Sgt Baumann's wife Wendy said while that was true, she was proud of her husband's achievements.

She said he was now retiring and they had recently moved to Hervey Bay, where they were looking forward to enjoying more time together.

Sgt Baumann said his time with the police had been both "rewarding and challenging", adding that policing and the responsibilities of police had changed a lot over the years.

Sgt Baumann spent 33 of his 40 years in the force in Maryborough, with he and Wendy raising their children, Tahlia and Matthew, in the town.

"We loved Maryborough - it was a good place to raise a family," Sgt Baumann said.