By 2018 Nathaniel Hone
Many members of the Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service gathered, with their families, at the Town Hall, in Hereford for their annual medals and awards ceremony.
The Fire Brigade's Long Service and Good Conduct Medal is awarded by Her Majesty the Queen to honour those who have given twenty years meritorious service. Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant, the Dowager Countess of Darnley, on behalf of Her Majesty, presented awards to five recipients.
Councillor Roger Phillips, who is Chairman of the Fire Authority, gave awards to two recipients who had serves a magnificent thirty years.
The High Sheriff of Herefordshire presented an award and certificate to the Community Volunteer of the Year. Those in this role, amongst other activities, have played an important part in the reduction, over the past decade or so, in the number of fires and resulting injuries and fatalities.
The Chief Fire Officer, Nathan Travis, presented a number of awards, including two very impressive Silver Axes to the Top Wholetime Recruit of the year, Top Retained Duty System recruit of the year, and Certificates of Congratulations to 13 members of the force who had performed their duty exceptionally well.
Finally, not content with rendering great service to the community themselves, the Firefighters raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity. Councillor Phillips gave an award to the Fire Station that had made an outstanding contribution. This year it was Hereford Fire Station.
The Community owes these men and women a great debt of gratitude.