Proposal to name landmark after late Wollondilly firefighting stalwart Peter Shearer

Late Wilton RFS captain Peter Shearer served his community for more than 50 years. Picture: Simon Bennett
Late Wilton RFS captain Peter Shearer served his community for more than 50 years. Picture: Simon Bennett

He spent more than 50 years protecting the Wollondilly community.

Now, late Wilton Rural Fire Brigade captain Peter Shearer's efforts are set to be immortalised.

Mr Shearer was a long-term servant of NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS), notching up more than 50 years of service with the Wilton brigade. He died in June, aged 64.

Wollondilly councillor Blair Briggs will raise a motion at next Monday's council for a "suitable landmark" to be named after Mr Shearer.

Cr Briggs will ask for options to be explored and a report be prepared for council. He said landmark examples could include a local park or thoroughfare, possibly in the Wilton area.

"Peter gave phenomenal service to his community," Cr Briggs said.

"I would like to see his name somewhere so his efforts won't be forgotten. I want to see Peter's legacy continued."

Mr Shearer joined the Wilton Rural Fire Brigade in 1968.

He moved through the brigade's ranks from firefighter to deputy captain, senior deputy captain and then captain.

Mr Shearer's dedication to firefighting was recognised when he was awarded a Meritorious Australian Fire Service Medal during last year's Queen's Birthday Honours.

Cr Briggs, who is deputy captain at Lakesland RFS, said he enjoyed a long-term association with Mr Shearer.

"I became captain at Picton RFS one year after Peter became Wilton's captain," he said.

"I worked a lot with Peter over 20 years... we fought together in many battles.

"He was a great, humble guy and his family had a lot to do with the Wilton community."