Jenke's can-do attitude acknowledged

LUCINDALE'S Ian Jenke doesn't stop to think twice when he is asked to help out around the town.

His positive approach and can-do attitude has landed him the Australia day award for citizen of the year.

"I was a little surprised," he told the Herald. "I felt I didn't really deserve it. There are so many people who do just as much as me."

Mr Jenke moved to Lucindale when he was 16 years old with his family after growing up in the Adelaide Hills.

Twelve months later he shifted to Robe to do an apprenticeship in mechanics and stayed there for three years before coming back to Lucindale.

After he married his wife Desma, who he met in Kingston, they bought the Gum Ave service station which they had for 33 years, selling it in August, 2012.

"It was one of those things where you have day to day dealings with get to know the community pretty well," he said.

"Lucindale is one of those places where the community spirit is fantastic.

"I've been involved in a lot of clubs over the years but it's just what you do in towns like this.

"You wouldn't have success without all the people around you doing the same thing."

Mr Jenke has been a member of the Country Fire Service for about 34 years.

"I started as a volunteer, became a captain of the Lucindale brigade, a deputy group officer and have now been a group officer for seven years," he said.

"We've had some horrific experiences with car accidents and fires.

"I was deployed to Sydney twice in, I think, 1990 and 1993 to help with the fires there...and Ash Wednesday was probably something that will be stuck in my head forever.

"Some pretty terrible things happened out there but it drives you to improve what you are doing and the service you provide."

He has also had a lot to do with the Lucindale Football Club working as a trainer.

"I've been doing it for a reasonable while," he said.

"I just went along one day, someone asked if I could help out so I said 'sure' and it went from there."

Mr Jenke has three children - two who live in Adelaide and the other in Gawler - and two grand daughters.

When he has a break he enjoys going water skiing at Robe, and occasionally on the Murray River.

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