Port Lincoln's Max Coulson was honoured at Government House on September 9, receiving his Emergency Services Medal in recognition for his more than 30 years with the State Emergency Service.
Mr Coulson was announced as a recipient of the medal as part of this year's Australia Day Honours List.
The medal presentation was to happen in March but was rescheduled due to COVID-19.
Mr Coulson said the wait was worth it as he was presented the medal from South Australian Governor Hieu Van Le, with emergency service dignitaries and representatives from the armed services in attendance.
"To finally have it presented and to have my family there was an incredible experience," he said.
Mr Coulson was recognised for his more than 30 years of service with metropolitan and country SES units, was a founding member of the SA SES Volunteer Association and was actively involved in improving volunteer numbers in the Port Lincoln unit.
His involvement with the SES continues, as volunteer recruitment officer for the SES North Region, based in Port Lincoln.
Mr Coulson said one of his mentors, Trevor Arnold had once said to him "you don't put rescue on the side of your vehicle unless you can perform it to the highest of your own standard."
"That's been my motto for many years, as a volunteer and as a manager how can we go about being the best we can be," he said.