NEWCASTLE’S former top cop Superintendent John Gralton has received the Australian Police Medal, one of two emergency services personnel rewarded this long weekend.
Superintendent Gralton, who is now commander of the Tuggerah Lakes police district, has more than 30 years of service including managing multiple agencies during Pope Benedict XVI’s World Youth Day visit.
He is joined in the honoured ranks by Bolwarra firefighter Neale Mutton, who Australian Fire Service Medal for more than 40 years in the NSW Rural Fire Service.
Joining his brigade in 1977, the group captain had a stint as honorary deputy fire control officer between 1995 and 2001. He was elected to his present role for the Lower Hunter Zone in 2004.