Adelaide Hills police officer Brevet Sergeant Fred Keal was named SA Police Officer of the year at an event at the Royal Show on Friday.
In 2009 Keal was posted to the Mt Barker Prosecution Section after arriving from the UK in 2008, winning his first 15 trials.
The Macclesfield local is also president of his local Lions Club and an active CFS volunteer.
Between 2012 and 2017, he devised and led the planning of several ‘Gravfest’ events, wherein sophisticated billy-carts raced down Macclesfield’s steepest hill to benefit various charities, including Novita and the Williams Syndrome Association.
Brevet Sergeant Keal has led the Lions Club of Battunga Country (comprising the townships and districts of Echunga, Meadows, Macclesfield and Prospect Hill) with a mandate to serve wherever there is need, and to assist in uniting the local community.
His commitment to spreading joy and community spirit is evidenced in his seasonal activities. Each November and December, Brevet Sergeant Keal dons the jolly red suit, and Santa Claus visits the major townships in the District, complete with a trailer-mounted sleigh drawn by kangaroos.
In 2017, he masterminded the Macclesfield Bike Show, which drew some 1,500 attendees to the Macclesfield Oval, and raised $10,000 for the Lions Club to donate to various worthy causes.