A fireman who made headlines all over the country for slamming Scott Morrison during the bushfire crisis has never had to pay for a beer in his local pub ever since.
Paul Parker, from Nelligen on the south coast of New South Wales, became an Australian hero after being filmed in early January shouting from his fire truck.
‘Are you from the media? Tell the prime minister he needs to be sucked from Nelligen, “he shouted.
“We really enjoy doing this,” he continued sarcastically before giving a thumbs up and driving away.
He then fell to the ground with exhaustion and explained to reporters that he had failed to save seven homes from the devastating Clyde Mountain Fire that tore through his community earlier that day.
Paul Parker became an Australian hero when he pulled his fire truck to the side of the road in Nelligen, on the south coast of the NSW, to deliver a blunt message to the prime minister
Pictured: Paul Parker and publicist Joel Alvey at the Steampacket Hotel in Nelligen. The locals donated money to Mr. Parker after his honest message to Mr. Morrison
More than a month later, the blunt message from the fireman is still praised by pubgoers at his local institution, Steampacket Hotel.
Publican Joel Alvey told Daily Mail Australia: “Everyone has been a great support in donating money for Paul.”
Donors have left money to shout Mr. Parker a schooner, while some cash was given directly to the hotel.
Mr. Alvey said that about $ 500 was donated by Thursday and that an additional $ 200 was given on Friday morning after increased media coverage.
The publicist, who had been a member of the RFS for the past 20 years, said that Mr. Parker visited the hotel “fairly regularly.”
Alvey thinks that Australians wanted to throw their support behind the firefighter because he “said the words everyone thought at the time.”
“That’s Paul, he says what he thinks,” Mr. Alvey explained.
“We had a fire for a few weeks and that was the breaking point. Everyone in that truck felt the same way.
Publican Joel Alvey (right) said that he thinks Australians would like to support Mr Parker (left) because he “said the words everyone thought at the time”
“Everyone knocks him a bit on his back for what he said. That is what we all thought at the time. ”
Mr. Parker admitted that he was “shocked” that his candid admission to the prime minister went viral.
“I didn’t make any negative comments about what I said. Many people, even fellow firefighters, said, “You just said what everyone thinks,” Mr. Parker told Daily Mail Australia.
“If I had been the prime minister, I would not have left the country.”
Mr. Parker said that he did not want to have full praise for his efforts and praised fellow firefighters.
“With regard to people who donate money and postpone a beam, I don’t want to make money from it or anything,” he explained.
“Every time I go for a beer, I call the bar.
“There were many other people who did work. I was not a single hero fireman. “
Alvey and the Steampacket Hotel (photo) now stand for an uncertain couple of months, trying to recover from the destruction of the fires. “It was really tough [the bushfire season]. It has let us down a bit, “Mr. Alvey said
Mr. Parker said the fires would not have been as severe as they had had in the past few years.
“It was a catastrophic situation and we all know that the RFS cannot be everywhere,” he said.
“Control must be returned … All political hassle must be removed.”
Alvey and the Steampacket Hotel are now standing for a few uncertain months, trying to recover from the destruction of the fires.
“It was really tough [the bushfire season]. It has let us down a bit, “Mr. Alvey said.
“We’ve lost our entire summer trade and that is what we trust to get through the winter.
“[We’re] try to do what we can to pay the bills and keep the doors open. “
Mr. Alvey is hopeful that “as soon as everything settles down a little” they will see an increase in patronage around Easter.
Mr Parker, who works as a trader during the day, fell to the ground exhausted and explained that he had failed to save seven houses from devastating forest fires
He wants to remind New South Wales locals and vacationers that the weather will be normal.
“We are here, we are open,” he said.
“Hopefully the caravan park is operational again, we are trying to collect it here.”
Mr. Parker is also hopeful that Australians choose Batemans Bay as a holiday destination to “go out and spend some money.”
“That pub really relies on the caravan park and the local traffic that comes along the Kings Highway and, as we all know, it was closed for weeks,” said Mr. Parker.
“He has lost a lot of money and they are really struggling and I really feel for him.
‘We mainly need the Canberra trade. Without them, Batemans Bay would not be the place where it is.
“It really toppled this city, the fires.”
Parker said to Daily Mail Australia: “If I had been the prime minister, I would not have left the country.” Pictured: Mr. Morrison in Victoria on January 3, 2020