He was presented with the award during a luncheon in Sale and says he was shocked by the news, as he was unaware he had even been nominated.
Steve was recognised for his extensive community work, including volunteering with the Stratford Unit for 42 years, 33 of which was spent as the Unit Controller. He has now retired from the Stratford Unit.
As a member of the Stratford Fire Brigade for 35 years, he has been an instrumental member of the Stratford community during times of hardship.
Wellington Shire Council Mayor Carolyn Crossley said the councillors examined the nominations carefully.
Cr Crossley said it can be a tough job, choosing a winner from such a stellar line-up of people who work so hard for their communities.
“However, on this occasion, Councillors were unanimous in their selection of Mr Pendrick for this award,” Cr Crossley said.