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Awards ceremony sees firefighters honoured

FIREFIGHTERS from the Bognor Regis area have been among those honoured for their hard work and commitment.


A ceremony at Arundel Castle saw them presented with the long service and good conduct medal by Vice Lord-Lieutenant Harry Goring.


Darren Greene, of Bognor Reigs, received the 20-year medal. He began at Bosham and split his cover with Bognor Regis after 18 months before he moved there exclusively.


He has also worked as an aviation firefighter and crew manager at Shoreham Airport.


Pagham resident James Mackay also received the 20-year medal. He spent time at various fire stations before becaming a lead instructor in training development and assurance three years ago.


Medals are awarded nationally, on behalf of the Queen, to full-time and on-call firefighters completing two decades of outstanding service.


Chief fire officer Gavin Watts said: “Recognising colleagues for the work that they do is one of the best bits of my job. This is always a wonderful evening and getting the chance to celebrate success with families and loved ones is a healthy reminder of all that is good about West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.”


The ceremony also included awards for teamwork, lifetime achievement and volunteer of the year.


West Sussex County Council’s cabinet member for safer, stronger communities, Cllr Debbie Kennard, said: “Our firefighters work extremely hard to provide an essential emergency service around the clock.”

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