March 8, 2012
Perthville volunteer firefighter Nicholas Geyer is set to become a familiar face in the region, after being selected to appear on the cover of this year’s Bathurst White Pages® and Yellow Pages®.
Nicholas, just 20, is recognised under the theme, A Helping Hand, The Aussie Way, for his outstanding voluntary work with the Perthville Rural Fire Service.
At the age of 15, Nicholas began serving his community with the Perthville Rural Fire Service (RFS). One of the call outs that impacted him the most was to a crash involving his own school’s bus. Just a teenager at the time, Nicholas tended to an unconscious female trapped in the vehicle.
During the 2009 bushfires that rampaged through Bathurst, Nicholas tirelessly fought at the fire front. While his own house was under threat, he helped community members defend their homes.
Passionate about fire safety, Nicholas is now a teacher in the RFS cadet program, attending schools across the Bathurst region to teach students about fire awareness, first aid and community responsibility.
In 2011, Nicholas joined the NSW Police Academy where he continues to dedicate his time to protecting the community.
“Some people are surprised that I joined the RFS at 15, but I’ve always felt a sense of duty to give back to my community in some way. It is very humbling to be recognised for doing something that I’m so passionate about,” Nicholas said.
“The skills and friendships I have gained through the RFS are invaluable, and have helped me in all aspects of my life. I hope my recognition inspires more young people to get involved in community organisations.”