Firefighter Winston Rollock celebrates 20 years' service
As part of Black History Month Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is proud to celebrate Firefighter Winston Rollock completing his 20 year long service milestone.
Winston has dedicated 20 years’ service and was awarded with his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal during a socially distanced ceremony held at Orsett Fire Station last week.
The Fire Brigade’s Long Service and Good Conduct Medals are awarded nationally, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, to all firefighters and control staff who have completed twenty years of outstanding service.
Winston received his medal in front of our Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Jo Turton and Area Manager Neil Fenwick read the Royal Warrant. Winston’s partner and children joined the socially distanced celebration, along with ACFO Moira Bruin, Assistant Director Danny Bruin and colleagues on Red Watch, Orsett.
Winston is the Service's longest serving black firefighter and started with our Service in May 2000 and spent 19 years working as firefighter, before joining the Inclusion and Diversity Team at our Service Headquarters in August 2019.
CFO/CE Jo Turton said:
“Congratulations Winston and thank you for your hard work and dedication to duty over the last 20 years’.
“You have overcome many challenges in your career, and your experiences as a firefighter and the work you have undertaken in your current role has played an integral role, in improving our inclusion and diversity, and has also helped to shape and make changes to our Service’s culture.”
Firefighter Winston Rollock said:
“There are many times when I felt like I would not make it to be awarded with my 20 year long service medal and over the years I had questioned whether I would stay and do I belong here?
“I am so proud to now receive my long service and good conduct medal and celebrate my achievement.”
Winston added: “Thank you to CFO/CE Jo Turton, who has made the world a completely different place for me.
“I would also like to thank Inclusion and Diversity Business Partner, Nikki Hudson, who has been a great inspiration and helped me with the courage and the belief, that our Service will be better one day and that’s why I decided to stay.
“If someone was to ask the question would I encourage my children to work for our Service? the answer would be yes – as the Service has changed so much in the last year.”
“It has been a great honour to receive my medal and celebrate my 20 years’ long service in Black History Month.”