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Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) will be recognising the outstanding achievements of its firefighters, staff and members of the public at an awards ceremony on Monday 23 September at Oakwood House in Maidstone.
KFRS Chief Executive (CE) Ann Millington, alongside Her Majesty’s Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Richard Oldfield Esq DL and the Chairman of Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority, Nick Chard, will present awards to mark the actions people have taken to help save lives and for the dedication they have shown in serving the community.
CE Ann Millington said: “This special event gives us the opportunity to recognise the bravery and quick thinking of our staff and local people and it also reminds us of all the positive work going on around us.
“I am extremely proud of all those receiving awards today and would like to express my thanks, not just to them but also to all the staff at KFRS for their dedication and hard work for Kent and Medway’s communities.”
The following will be awarded Certificates of Commendation:
A man from Margate who rescued a family of six from a burning building.
A Thames-side firefighter for bravery after her daring rescue of a Gravesend man trapped in his home by fire.
An Ashford SECAmb technician for her part in the life-saving rescue of a man who was trapped in a burning van following a collision with a tree off of the A2070.
Certificates of Congratulation will be presented to:
Firefighters from Sheppey for their professionalism at a major fire in Sheerness.
Fire crews from four fire stations, a fire officer and two SECAmb clinicians for the heroic rescue of four young people after a horrific car crash near Canterbury.
Four crew members from Dover’s white watch for their actions in protecting the public during an attempted car-jacking in Dover.
A carer who risked her life to save an elderly Whitstable resident when fire broke out in his kitchen.
Two employees from Folkestone Channel Tunnel Premier Inn for their professional conduct and life-saving actions following a fire in the room of a guest.
In addition, Long Service and Good Conduct medals will be presented to the following staff in recognition of 20 years exceptional service:
Station Manager Jason Bardell from Staplehurst
Firefighter Stephen Tritton from Maidstone
Watch Manager Les Chappell from Tonbridge
Watch Manager Martin Rowland from Tonbridge
Station Manager Paul Ramsden from Faversham
Firefighter Simon Belton from Sittingbourne
Station Manager Dan Upton from Ash
Firefighter Andrew Cook from Canterbury
Watch Manager Alan Downes from Broadstairs
Watch Manager Dave Hudson from Broadstairs
Station Manager Garry Lovejoy from Broadstairs
Crew Manager Richard Warne from Ramsgate
Crew Manager Steve Quincey from Herne Bay
Group Manager Russell Jordan from Wickhambreaux
Crew Manager Mathew Hodge from Tenterden
Linda Jeffery (service support) from Sittingbourne will also receive a Long Service Certificate.
Notes to editors: Journalists and photographers are welcome to attend the event at Oakwood House, Oakwood Park, Maidstone on Monday, 23 September and should arrive no later than 1.45pm for a prompt 2.00pm start. Please confirm your attendance with the Press Office on 01622 692121. Photographs will be available from www.kent.fire-uk.org from 12 noon on Tuesday 24 September (registration required).