DOZENS of courageous fire service workers were honoured at last night’s award ceremony.
Here is the full list of winners and nominees from the Portsmouth area.
· Crew manager Vinnie Nicholl won the Retained Duty System Employer Award.
Vinnie is a self-employed retained crew manager at Horndean Fire Station and runs a business in the centre of the town.
He was recognised for his hard work making sure Horndean has fire service cover around the clock.
· Firefighter Perry Dodgson collected the Charity Award in recognition of his charitable work.
Perry, from Havant fire station, has been involved in bike rides, wheelchair basketball tournaments, car washes and countless other charity events in aid of the Fire Fighters Charity.
· Ruth and Mike North were shortlisted for the Charity Award.
They were nominated for their involvement in the Senior Citizens New Year variety show held each year in Southsea.
· Karen Wood won the Volunteer Award for her work with the fire service.
Karen has been a volunteer at Cosham Fire Station for two years and has worked tirelessly to deliver road safety messages to the young people of the Portsmouth area.
· Firefighter Guy Andrews, from Cosham fire station, was presented with the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and 20-year lapel badge.
· Group manager Andrew Lock was presented with the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and 20-year lapel badge.
He has worked in Copnor, Southsea, Gosport and Fareham.
· Crew manager Kevin ‘Jasper’ Taylor, from Southsea fire station, was presented with the 25-year certificate and lapel badge.
· Firefighter Paul Cole, from Bishop’s Waltham fire station, was given the 30-year certificate and lapel badge.
· Natasha Jerams was given the certificate of congratulations by the fire service Chief Officer.
She is a member of the public who leapt into action to save a young boy from a burning flat.
· Firefighter (Control) Lisa Hepplestone was awarded the certificate of congratulations by the Chief Officer.
She took a call in the early hours one morning from a Southsea woman who said she and her husband were trapped in their home by a serious fire on the ground floor.
Firefighter Hepplestone was praised for keeping the lady calm, and helping her survive the fire by advising the couple to close the bedroom door, putting something at the bottom to stop smoke coming in.
The couple were eventually rescued.
· Station manager Charlie Harris, of Southsea fire station, won the Chief Officer’s special recognition award.
While working as a firefighter in Copnor 20 years ago, Charlie met a group of young adults in the Portsmouth area who gave all their free time to be carers for family members without expecting anything in return.
Charlie decided to organise entertainment and lunch for the youngsters at Southsea fire station that year – and every year since.