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Lifesaving firefighters recognised at annual awards ceremony

Fire crews who rescued a man from a slurry pit were just some of the people recognised at the annual awards ceremony on Thursday.

A formal evening of recognition was organised by the Service to celebrate this year’s achievements and efforts from BFRS employees. Award winners were nominated by colleagues for commitment to improving the Service and delivering outstanding work to the community.

Crews from Sandy and Kempston received a commendation from the Chief Fire Officer for saving a man and his dog from drowning in a slurry pit. On arrival, only his nose, eyes and mouth were visible, but crews acted fast and rescued the man before he was fully submerged.

Leighton Buzzard Fire Cadets were amongst the winners for their commitment and dedication to raising money for The Fire Fighters Charity over the past year.

Firefighters from Stopsley and Dunstable also picked up an award for their work at a serious incident, in which a man was trapped between two lorries. Their quick and brave actions - in an extremely difficult situation - resulted in the man's life being saved.

The evening was presented by Area Commander Andy Peckham, with special guests; Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Mrs Helen Nellis, the High Sheriff, Mrs Meryl Dolling and Chair of Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor John Chatterley.

Chief Fire Officer, Paul Fuller said: “Our annual awards ceremony is an opportunity for us to recognise and reward our Service staff. It was fantastic to see so many families, friends and colleagues supporting those receiving the awards. Thank you to our special guests including our partner organisations, Fire Authority members, representatives of the community, and to Supply+ and FireAngel for sponsoring the event.”

The awards ceremony was hosted at King's House, whose profit is gifted back to the King’s Arms Trust charity. Entertainment for the evening was provided by Faith in Queen's Park charity, who provide support for youth via music and sports. Their Fusion Choir, led by Jo Hudson-Lett, were invited to sing a selection of songs at the event.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Andrew Hopkinson said: “It is important for us to recognise our employees and this event was an opportunity to showcase our talented staff. I’d like to thank the organisers, and to all those who contributed to making this event a success. Thank you for your support.”