Dozens of North Devon emergency service workers will be recognised at an awards ceremony including those who rescued a family from dangerous flood waters near South Molton last year.
Personnel from the fire service, RNLI, the police and a local farmer will all receive the Chief Fire Officer’s commendations at the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service North Devon Group Command awards ceremony on Friday.
The rescue of a family of three from the River Taw at Umberleigh on the night of 23 December 2012 saw firefighters, fire control operators, the RNLI Flood Rescue Team, police officers, the police helicopter crew and a brave member of the public all worked together to rescue the three people who had become trapped in deep and fast flowing floodwater.
Friday’s ceremony will recognise how this operation was carried out in extremely hazardous circumstances and also how the bravery and professionalism of those involved resulted in a successful life-saving result.
The ceremony will also focus on the unsung heroes of the emergency services.
Other staff will be recognised for long and dedicated service and outstanding commitment, at the ceremony to be held at Bideford Town Hall .
North Devon Group Commander Neil Blackburn said: “I am privileged to have this opportunity to be able to recognise emergency responders and some members of the public for all the hard work they do in the community and also for courageous acts, beyond the call of duty, that have resulted in the saving of life.”
Here is a full list of those who have been recognised for their work and will be given their awards on Friday:
Area Commander's Awards
Daryl Anderson (for services to community safety)
Caroline Anderson (for services to community safety protection)
Graham Rooke (for services to community safety protection)
Kevin Drew (for services to community safety response)
Community Service Award
Long Service Awards
Chief Fire Officer's Special Awards
Outstanding Service to Community Safety Protection: Kevin Parfitt
Outstanding Service to Operational Support: Lance Freeman
Outstanding Service to Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service: Viv Gregory
Recognised Employer Awards
Andrew Hamilton, Babcock Marine, Appledore
Bob Lovelace, Gregory Distribution Ltd
Chief Fire Officer's Commendations
RNLI Flood Rescue Team
Chris Missen, Martin Baker-Rowe, Paul Eastment, Jason Dunlop and Bernie Mannings
Devon and Cornwall Police
Andrew Wills, Dave Thubron, Anita Williams, Ricky Tate and Adrian Corefield
Torrington Fire Station
Daryl Anderson, Adam Pateman, Caroline Bell, Natalie Slade, Ashley Sturman and Jamie Hobbs
South Molton Fire Station
Darren Homewood, Andrew Sauerzapf, Craig Morris, George Hyde, Shaun Vickers, Mike Gill and Rob Jones
Camels Head Fire Station - Blue Watch
Dan Kelly, Jason Keveren, Phillips Hutchings, David Tucker, Cory Brown, Adam Jones, Peter Couch and Paul Partidge
Middlemoor Fire Station - Blue Watch
Jim Malin, Damion Snell, Sam Bray, Chris Hunt and Rob Jones
Fire Control - Blue Watch
Rebecca Goldsworthy, Kate Lewis, Vicky Leaman, Louise Durante, Sue Peacock and Cheryl Jenkins