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Southend firefighters receive bravery awards

The heroic actions of seven Essex County Fire and Rescue Service firefighters have been recognised at a special ceremony in Chelmsford.

Barrie May, Robert Cork, Simon Doe, Angus Neale, Sarah Stibbs, Simon Say and Ricky Jones were presented with Chief Constable’s Commendations from Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh at Essex Police headquarters today (October 14).

The Southend Green Watch firefighters responded to a call that a man was dousing a house in Southend with petrol in March this year.

Upon arrival, the crew were confronted by the man who started throwing petrol at them before they restrained him until police officers arrived.

Family and friends heard at the ceremony that without our firefighters’ intervention the man may have ignited the petrol.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Bill, who attended the ceremony, said: “I would like to praise the entire crew who represented the Service in a brave and honourable way.

“Without their quick and professional actions, this man could have caused serious injury or loss of life.

“Once again this demonstrates how the commitment of our firefighters has led to keeping members of the public safe.

“Last month, our firefighters received a Chief Fire Officers’ Commendation and I’m proud that today they have been recognised by the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex.”

Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh said: “One of the greatest honours I have as Chief Constable is to open up these doors and say thank you to our officers and staff for the amazing things they do on a daily basis.

“Today reaffirms what we already know; that there are some truly remarkable firefighters working in this county who regularly go above and beyond for the community they serve. You have shown remarkable courage and compassion in the face of real danger.”

Roger Hirst, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said “You have demonstrated a character, determination and bravery that I find truly humbling. On behalf of the people of Essex, I’m honoured to be able to say thank you in person.”

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