Father & Son Serving Together
by Elijah Buol
Regents Park father and son, Kevin and Ben Martin, are two local heroes. Kevin has been a volunteer with the SES for 29 years. A committed father of 7 children, Kevin works as a Security Officer when he is not in SES uniform helping communities in times of disaster. Ben is a year 11 student at Browns Plains High School and joined his dad at the SES seven months ago.
I was very inspired when I asked them where they get time to volunteer amidst the busyness of family, studies and works commitments. Kevin and Ben passionately responded saying, “Helping people is a rewarding job for the heart. You can find time when you have passion to give back to your community.”
It was clear that this father and son have one thing in common, the passion to give back to their community, and to bring hope and comfort to those who are affected by the disasters in Queensland. The Martin family has a long history of serving the Australian community. Kevin’s Father, Mr Warren Martin, served Australia in the Vietnam war.
Kevin said, “I was inspired by my father’s legacy and his willingness to serve the community and others above and beyond himself. Our community needs people who care, and I feel it’s our responsibility to help the community when tough times come”.
Benjamin said he was inspired to join the SES by his father’s volunteering works. “Seeing dad on a boat and climbing trees to rescue people during the 2017 Floods was a turning point for me to follow in his footsteps”.
Kevin Martin has received medals and awards for his work and featured in TV and Newspaper reports for his service to the Scenic Rim SES. Recent rescues have included getting a stranded fishing boat back to shore and saving a paraglider who was stuck in a tree for several hours.