Queen’s award to fire manager

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GROUP manager of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, Peter Crook, has been awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in the New Year’s Honours list.

The medal is given by the Queen to members of the Fire Service who have exhibited an outstanding devotion to duty.

Mr Crook, 55, joined the service in 1979 as a firefighter at Eastleigh Fire Station, and went on to serve at Southsea, Cosham and Gosport.

He also joined the UK Fire Service Search and Rescue Team in 1991 and has continued to serve since.

Throughout his career he has been deployed to many rescue operations, including the 1999 Turkish earthquake, 9/11 attacks in 2001, Sumatra in 2009 and 2011 New Zealand earthquakes. He said: ‘I am extremely lucky to be doing what I do, it is a privilege and I will continue all the time I have something to offer.’