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TFM star shines at Pride of Australia awards

Radio star Johnny McKay has won a Pride of Australia award Radio star Johnny McKay has won a Pride of Australia award

Darwin radio star Johnny McKay has been awarded for his heroic efforts as a Northern Territory Emergency Service volunteer.

The 104.1 Territory FM Breakfast show host was honoured with the Heroism Medal at this year’s Pride of Australia state finals.

The medal recognises members of the SES, police, fire, ambulance, coastguard, defence forces and air rescue service who have gone beyond the call of duty to protect the community.

“I was really shocked that I won,” Mr McKay said. “I just do what I do because I love it and volunteering is a great way to meet people.”

Mr McKay joined the NTES in 2010, just two days after moving from New Zealand to Australia, and is currently a rescue officer with the Palmerston Volunteer Unit.

He has assisted in crocodile attacks, search and rescue missions for missing people and roadside accidents, and volunteered during the Brisbane floods, Cyclone Yasi, and the Daly River Floods.

“I would encourage people to get involved in volunteering because it’s a great way to give back to the community, and it gives you a good feeling at the end of the day,” he said.

Mr McKay is also a volunteer fire fighter with the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service’s Howard Springs Volunteer Fire Brigade.

Charles Darwin University holds the community licence for Territory FM.