Crawley firefighters honoured for long service

Fire service medal recipients at Arundel Castle
Fire service medal recipients at Arundel Castle

Two firefighters from Crawley have been rewarded for their long service.

Lee Walton, from Crawley Down, who works at Crawley Fire Station, and Brian Cook, from Crawley, who works in the Crewing Optimisation Group, were presented with Long Service and Good Conduct medals at Arundel Castle last night (October 1).

The pair were two of sixteen firefighters from across West Sussex who were honoured at a special ceremony in the historic Barons Hall in front of family and friends.

Peter Twinn and Iain Smith, both from East Grinstead, who work at East Grinstead and Crawley fire stations respectively, were also rewarded for their long service.

The Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex, Susan Pyper, presented the medals which are awarded nationally, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, to wholetime and retained firefighters who have completed two decades of outstanding service to their community.

The ceremony was attended by chief fire officer Sean Ruth who thanked the firefighters for their dedication and commitment to the service and their local communities. He also paid tribute to the firefighters’ families for their invaluable and long standing support.

Other firefighters who were also rewarded for their long service include:

n Alan Blair - Business Fire Safety (from Arundel)

n Neil Davey - Chichester Fire Station

n Roger Gumbrill - Worthing Fire Station

n Kevin Marchant - Billingshurst Fire Station

n Adrian Murphy - Area Manger (from Chichester)

n Andrew Packham - Worthing Fire Station

n Stephen Saunders - Petworth Fire Station

n Jon Simpson - Training Manager (from Findon Valley)

n Paul Wykes - Chichester Fire Station

In addition to the operational firefighters who were recognised on the night, special certificates were also presented to members of West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service support staff.

Debi Booker, from Worthing, who works in business fire safety, and William Dawson, from Bognor, who works at the driving school, were rewarded for completing 20 years service.

Tim Smart, resource and development manager, was awarded with a Meritorious Service Medal after completing 40 years outstanding service.

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