Gloucestershire fire fighters narrowly miss out on Fire Fighter of the Year award
FOUR Gloucestershire fire fighters narrowly missed out on a national award after saving the life of an 84-year-old lady.
Retained fire fighters, Iain Robertson and Adrian Knight, together with full-time fire fighters Crew Commander Andy Rood and Kate Grundy missed out on Fire Fighter of the Year award after being nominated earlier in the year.
Four of them played a vital role in rescuing Betty Hodgkiss, 84, after a gas explosion destroyed her home in Rosehill Street, Cheltenham, on May 10.
The Fire Fighters Charity, which organises the Spirit of Fire awards in London, described their actions as "remarkable".
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Gloucestershire's Chief Fire Officer Jon Hall said: "I spoke to our brave firefighters on the night of the incident to express my delight at the way they approached their duties.
"They used their professional skills to find a way to undertake a complex and dangerous rescue rather than use the precarious state of nearby structures as a reason not to – something emergency responders are too often accused of."
The nominated fire fighters were also invited to 10 Downing Street for a reception.
Mr Robertson said: "Regardless of where the award finally landed, sitting at the same dining table in No 10 that Nelson and Wellington broke bread around and discussed their various campaigns will live long in the memory."
Councillor Will Windsor-Clive (C, Newent), cabinet member for communities at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "All of our firefighters show incredible courage day in, day out to keep the people of Gloucestershire safe. These four firefighters, particularly, showed extraordinary bravery and went above and beyond their duties – they are well worth this recognition."