James Regan Remembered
On Monday, 26 October 2020 FES Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM met with James Regan’s father and brother in Geraldton to personally present James’ memorial medal from AFAC (the Australian and New Zealand National Council for fire and emergency services).
James was selected to have his name permanently included on the National Emergency Services Memorial wall in 2019. The service is held in Canberra each year and honours the courage and sacrifice of emergency services members who have died in the course of their duties.
Tragically, James (Jim) lost his life in April 2004 during a rescue operation in the Karijini National Park. Jim was part of a cliff rescue team sent to assist an injured tourist who had fallen at Hancock Gorge. As Jim was securing the tourist to a stretcher a flash flood occurred, hitting him with force and sweeping him away.
Jim was a member of Newman SES and was very passionate about his volunteer role. He will always be fondly remembered. There is a memorial plaque for Jim at Oxer Lookout in Karijini which has been visited by many SES volunteers to pay their respects. Regan’s Pool, also within the park, was named after Jim however is only accessible when accompanied by a licensed guide.
Commissioner Klemm welcomed this opportunity and took pride in being able to personally present Jim’s medal and spend some time with them.