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Fire Service staff recognised for their outstanding work at the Herefordshire Medals and Awards Ceremony 2015

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On Friday 20 November, firefighters and Fire Service support staff from across the county received awards at the annual Herefordshire Medals and Awards Ceremony. The event, which was held at Hereford Town Hall, honoured staff for their outstanding service and commitment to the Fire Service.

During the ceremony, accolades were presented by Lady Susan Darnley, Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire, as the Queen's representative, The High Sheriff of Herefordshire, Mr Edward Harley Esq., and also by Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates and Chairman of the Fire Authority Councillor Derek Prodger.

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The ceremony began with The Fire Brigade's Long Service and Good Conduct Medals which were presented, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, by Lady Susan Darnley to those who have given twenty years' meritorious service. Recipients for this award included Crew Commander Nicholas Baker, Crew Commander Louise Childs, Firefighter Wayne Hanson and Crew Commander Andrew Jones.

Outstanding Service Medals for completing an impressive 35 years' service went to Firefighter Stephen Pedlingham and Firefighter Andrew Davies. Thirty Years' Service Awards was also presented to Firefighter Martin Reynolds.

Service Volunteer John Gallagher scooped up The High Sheriff's Award, which is presented annually to a volunteer within the Service that has demonstrated enthusiasm, dedication and set a commendable example within the Service through their volunteering activities.

Chief Fire Officer, Mark Yates, then went on to present the Chief Fire Officer's Certificates of Commendation which were awarded to individuals who had each gone beyond the normal call of duty and made an exceptional contribution to the Service and the communities they serve. Recipients included Firefighter Amy Waring, Firefighter Deborah Lawley, Crew Commander James Clarke, Firefighter Jayne Collins, Crew Commander Louise Childs, Firefighter Roy Samways, Watch Commander Simon Cusack and Watch Commander Thomas Morgan.

The evening then concluded with the presentation of the Chief Fire Officer's Letter of Congratulations which are given to staff or members of the public who have engaged in acts of courage or bravery, performed to a high standard under difficult circumstances or made a significant contribution in the delivery of a Fire Service project. This year, letters were awarded to Watch Commander Adrian Phillips as well as firefighters Daniel Gray, Matthew Richardson, Patrick Murphy and Simon Griffiths.

Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates said: "Once again, I'm extremely proud to be part of the annual Herefordshire Medal and Awards Ceremony which recognises some of the exceptional talent and dedication of our staff."

He continued: "Every single one of the award recipients has shown an exceptional level of passion, professionalism and commitment, whether that has been through long service, through an act of bravery or simply going above and beyond the normal call of duty."

He also thanked the Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire, Lady Susan Darnley, The High Sheriff of Herefordshire, Mr Edward Harley Esq and Chairman of the Fire Authority Councillor Derek Prodger for presenting awards.

Issued by:
Jessica Chadwick
Corporate Communications Manager
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service
Tel: 01905 368 319
JChadwick@hwfire.org.uk