Patricia White says she joined the Marine Rescue Port Macquarie unit as a way to keep busy after retirement.
"When I first joined it helped me because I'd not long left work and I was feeling a little bit down," she said.
"I thought I'd better do something."
Mrs White discovered a family made up of friendly volunteers and has been motivated to continue her service for the last 15 years.
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The unit member was one of 10 to be acknowledged for their service at an awards ceremony on Monday, September 7.
Mrs White initially joined the unit as a radio operator in 2004. She has also worked tirelessly to raise funds for the unit, so they are able to purchase valuable equipment.
Female membership has steadily increased over Mrs White's time in service, which she noted is pleasing to experience.
She said it's rewarding to receive positive feedback from the community.
Being a member of the unit has motivated Mrs White to remain busy and active during retirement.
Marine Rescue Port Macquarie unit commander Greg Davies thanked all the unit members for their dedicated service.
He said they would contribute a combined experience of about 95 years.
Unit members who were acknowledged on the day included Patricia White (2004), Peter Baxter (2010), Colin Mellors (2010), Christopher Wright (2009), Noel Cobcroft (2010), Peter Lundman (2010), Janette Lundman (2010), Mary Thomas (2015), Scott Saunders (leading crew qualification) and Taylah Urquhart (new member).
Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams and Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Mayor Peta Pinson attended the ceremony.
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