Heroic Kidlington and Chipping Norton firefighters honoured for their service
Eleven firefighters who have served Oxfordshire residents for a combined total of nearly 240 years have been presented with long service and good conduct medals in a special ceremony at Blenheim Palace on Thursday 27 April.
Oxfordshire’s Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Marjorie Glasgow BEM, attended the prestigious event to present ‘Her Majesty, The Queen’s Long Service and Good Conduct’ medals to eleven firefighters, each for 20 years’ service.
Rob MacDougall, Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, said: “It is really important to celebrate the remarkable achievements of these incredible people who have served their local communities for 20 years and more. It reflects the service and public’s appreciation and gratitude for their devotion to duty. Just as importantly, we recognise the efforts of our support teams, fire cadets, volunteers and those members of the public who have also risked their own safety to save others.
“To preside over the awards evening is a real privilege. The county council’s community safety teams are here to protect our communities, reduce harm and save lives. The event allows us to congratulate those individuals who have reached an impressive milestone in their career or have gone that extra mile that deserves specific recognition. It is impossible to walk away from the night without an overwhelming feeling of pride and gratitude.”
Emily Spencer, Head of Operations at Blenheim Palace, said: “Hosting Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service’ awards ceremony is a great honour for us. We are excited to host this event, recognising such heroic achievements, in Clementines on the Lawn, a unique glass marquee with a special view across the south lawn to the palace.
“We would like to add our own thanks and recognition to the dedication and the bravery of our amazing firefighters.”
Notes to Editor
The Queen’s medal title has been retained this year, even though King Charles III is the new monarch – this is due to the individuals achieving their 20 years’ service in the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and in line with the royal warrant.
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Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service’ extrication team (based at Kidlington Fire Station) received a special recognition award:
Rob MacDougall (Chief Fire Officer) – top left – with Justin Stanley, Paul Roberts, Chris Aust, Danny Toop, Chris Battle.
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Chipping Norton – winners of fire station of the year:
Rob MacDougall (Chief Fire Officer) – top left – with Dave Cuthbert, James Smith, Sam Cleaver, Clare Jarratt, Harvey O'Brien.
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Chief Fire Officer, Rob MacDougall – right – with
Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Matt Cook who was awarded his twenty years’ long service and good conduct medal.
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