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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.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service had their awards in Ipswich (16876752)
Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service had their awards in Ipswich (16876752)

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.

Mark Hardingham, Chief Fire Officer of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service
Mark Hardingham, Chief Fire Officer of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service

"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.

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Bury St Edmunds Hardwick's County Councillor Richard Rout..Picture Mark Westley
Bury St Edmunds Hardwick's County Councillor Richard Rout..Picture Mark Westley

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.”

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service in action
Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service in action

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

Chris Willis

Timothy Bray

Christopher Clarke

Steve Collins

Anthony Faulkner

Matthew Kerry

Richard Supple

David Campbell

Steve Morgan

Michael Brabner

Stephen Cuffe

Robert Whitton

Raymond Hill

John Frost

Roy Murdoch

Andrew Hall

Michael Lowther

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

Roger Parker

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



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