Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service Awards honour achievements and effort of crews and staff
A 15-year-old boy who saved his friend from drowning in Lowestoft was presented with a special award at tonight's (September 18) Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service Awards.
Harry Hall came to the aid of a friend who had lost control of their bike and fallen over the sea wall earlier this year.
Despite the immediate dangers, Harry jumped down to his friend and kept their head above the rising sea water until the emergency services arrived.
Mark Hardingham, Chief Fire Officer of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The awards not only recognise our service’s firefighters and fire stations for their commitment, but also our volunteers and non-operational staff.
"This is a fire service I’m incredibly proud of, it is truly one team with everyone playing an important role.
“I’m especially delighted to see Harry receive his award for helping his friend in very difficult circumstances. The emergency services who were first on scene were extremely concerned for his friend’s safety.
"The firefighters who attended from our Lowestoft stations were very impressed with Harry’s quick thinking and bravery.”
Harry was presented with a Certificate of Merit for his actions at the awards ceremony at Ipswich East Fire Station.
More than 40 awards were given to the service’s firefighters and staff, including those for good conduct and long service, charity fundraising, teamwork, and actions at 999 emergencies.
"This is a fire service I’m incredibly proud of,"
Also at the bash, Michael Edmondson-Bloom, firefighter at Newmarket Fire Station was presented with the Silver Axe.
This award is presented to the individual judged to have had the best performance of all those who completed the new firefighter recruit ‘Approved to Ride’ course in the last year.
Ken Ashby, the service’s on-call firefighter liaison officer, received the Paul Proctor Award for his outstanding professional contribution.
Ken started as a firefighter and has completed more than 42 years’ service, raising £250,000 for the Firefighter’s Charity.
Councillor Richard Rout, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for Environment and Public Protection, said: “Events such as this are a humbling experience.
"They remind us all of the selflessness and professionalism of Suffolk’s firefighters and staff.
"This commitment extends to the way they engage with their local communities, such as attending events, fundraising and delivering prevention messages.”
Full list of 2019 winners
Long Service Certificates - Presented by Cllr James Finch
John Chaplin (20 years Trading Standards)
Clair Missen (20 years Trading Standards)
Tony Doorly (20 years Trading Standards)
Clare Davies (20 years Trading Standards)
Paul Spearman (30 years on-call firefighter)
Long Service & Good Conduct Medals - Presented by Lady Euston
Cabinet Member Award for Team Achievement - Presented by Cllr Richard Rout
Fire Supplies and Technical Services (FSATS)
Cabinet Member Award for Volunteers of the Year - Presented by Cllr Richard Rout
Excellence in Community Safety Award - Presented by Cllr Richard Rout
Jason Wilkins, Ipswich East Fire Station
Alan Soards Award for Best Fire Station - Presented by CFO Mark Hardingham
Stowmarket Fire Station
Miles Hammond Trophy - Presented by CFO Mark Hardingham
Elmswell on-call firefighters - Steve Reid and Mark Proctor
Derek Northey Trophy - Presented by CFO Mark Hardingham
Newmarket Fire Station
Paul Proctor Award - Presented by CFO Mark Hardingham
Ken Ashby, Newmarket Fire Station
Recruit of the Year (Silver Axe) - Presented by CFO Mark Hardingham
Firefighter Michael Edmondson-Bloom - Newmarket Fire Station
Certificate of most improved on-call availability - Presented by CFO Mark Hardingham
Mildenhall Fire Station
Certificates of Merit - Presented by High Sheriff of Suffolk - Roz Eminson
Firefighter David Mackie - Bury Fire Station
Denise Whiting - Response Manager, Prevention
Emergency Services Cadet Leaders
Harry Hall, Member of the public
Mark Chambers - Driving School Manager
Mrs Penny Bayman - Local employer
Stephen Dickens - Local employer
Crew Commander Warren Rodwell - Clare Fire Station
Trading Standards - Mary Strang, Clare Fisher and Lee Nunn