Firefighter’s contribution marked

Winston Steen spent decades serving the Cambridge community as part of the local fire brigade. 

A public memorial service for Winston ‘Wint’ Steen will be held at the Cambridge Fire Station on Saturday.

The man who was the longest-serving member of the Cambridge Volunteer Fire Brigade and a community stalwart died last August 24.

His wife of 56 years, Yvonne Steen, said Covid restrictions meant his passing could not be marked publicly at the time.

“We had a small family service here at home in December, but we weren’t able to share that with the community. I know that Don [former Fire Chief Don Gerrand] had wanted to do something once the lockdown was over.”

Following Don’s unexpected death in May, his successor Dennis Hunt follow through with Yvonne, and a decision was made to hold the memorial service at the brigade in Duke St on Saturday. It is open to the public.

Wint won multiple awards during his 56 years and 9188 callouts with the service and the wider Steen family – comprising Wint, his father Tom and brother Ken – had contributed a record 127 years to the Cambridge brigade.  Wint was also known in the community for his work with Steen & Morrow, a business started by his father, and for his involvement with rowing and rugby.

Saturday’s service will start at 11.30am.

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