Worcestershire Medals and Awards Ceremony 2013
During the evening, medals were presented by Lt Col Patrick Holcroft LVO OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, as the Queen’s representative, and also by Deputy Chief Fire Officer Richard Lawrence and Councillor Derek W Prodger MBE, Chairman of Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Authority. The High Sheriff of Worcestershire, Mr Nicholas Wentworth-Stanley, also attended the ceremony to present the High Sheriff’s Award.
This year the Chief Fire Officer’s Certificates of Commendation were awarded to Carl Lewis and Tracey and Lucy Marriott for their acts of bravery and composure when they rescued their neighbours from house fires in August this year.
The Chief Fire Officer’s Letters of Congratulations were this year awarded to Jake Regan and Firefighter Peter Doran.
Jake’s award was in relation to an incident last November when he pulled two people from a car on fire in a field near Malvern. Firefighter Doran was congratulated for using skills he had picked up in the Service during an incident that had occurred while he was off-duty.
The Silver Axe Award, which is annually given to the Service’s top trainee firefighter was awarded to Stephanie Vincent of Worcester fire station.
The High Sheriff’s Award, which is presented annually to the top Young Firefighter from HWFRS was received by Paige Harris of the Droitwich branch of the Young Firefighters.
Those firefighters that had completed thirty years of continuous and meritorious service were presented with the Thirty Years’ Service Award, and are as follows: Retired Watch Commander Borkowski (Hereford), Crew Commander Neville Brookes (USAR), Retired Watch Commander Christopher George (USAR), Station Commander Adrian Moore (Service Headquarters), Watch Commander Carl Horsburgh (Worcester), Retired Group Commander Ian Prust (Operational Logistics).
Long Service and Good Conduct Medals, awarded to those who have given twenty years wholetime or part-time service during which their character and conduct has been good were presented to: Area Commander Keith Chance (Service Headquarters), Station Commander Graham McKechnie (Service Headquarters), Firefighter Nathan Preece (Worcester), Firefighter Mark Williams (Worcester), Crew Commander David Grundy (Malvern), Watch Commander Adrian Taylor (Redditch) and Firefighter Steven Williams (Redditch).
Also picking up their Long Service Medals were brothers Nigel ‘Rupe’ and Mark Allbutt. Their history with the service goes back even further to November 1977 when their house in Worcester caught fire. Seven year-old Mark raised the alarm and his five year-old brother Nigel, clutching a ‘Rupert the Bear’ teddy, was rescue by fire crews from Worcester station. In August 1992 both brothers joined the service and the events of that night have stuck with them over the years, not least because Nigel is now referred to as ‘Rupe’ by his colleagues.
A separate awards ceremony for the Herefordshire area will follow in November at Hereford Town Hall.