Some of Nottinghamshire’s unsung heroes have been officially recognised by Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service at the Service’s annual Awards Presentation Ceremony at Nottingham’s Albert Hall.
The ceremony saw firefighters awarded the prestigious Long Service and Good Conduct medal, which recognises 20 years’ meritorious service, as well as awards for 30 years’ service, outstanding support of and service to the Retained Duty System, The Frank Swann Award for outstanding contribution to The Fire Fighters Charity and the Outstanding Employee Award.
Firefighters and members of the public will also be commended for their role at operational incidents, or in supporting the work of the fire and rescue service in their local community.
Among them were firefighters Russell Kay and Paul McLafferty, along with Nottinghamshire Police’s PC Anthony Brice, who spent 45 minutes administering CPR and other first aid to casualties following a serious road traffic collision on the A1; three members of the public who rescued a man from a house fire in Mansfield, residents in a Bulwell street who battled to save their neighbour from a ferocious house fire; and passers-by who rescued a driver and passenger from a car that was upside-down in a ditch and under water.
Chief Fire Officer John Buckley said: “It is always a great privilege to be involved with the Service’s annual awards ceremony and to see people recognised for the great work they do and the dedication with which they carry it out.
“A great sense of pride comes from seeing firefighters achieving such milestones in their career as 20 or 30 years’ service, but it is equally important that we recognise when certain individuals have gone above and beyond that which is expected of them in order to ensure the safety and well-being of people in their local communities.
“The awards ceremony gives us the opportunity to do just that, as well as congratulating some brave and dedicated members of the public who have gone out of their way to assist us in our work.
“I hope the awards ceremony will be a fitting tribute to the work they do and our thanks and appreciation go to each and every one of them.”