It’s an honour! Top awards for firefighter Jeff
A FIREFIGHTER from Royston has been recognised in the Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service s long service awards. Jeff Hall, who has been with the Herts Fire and Rescue Service since January 1986, was presented with long service and good conduct medals b
A FIREFIGHTER from Royston has been recognised in the Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service's long service awards.
Jeff Hall, who has been with the Herts Fire and Rescue Service since January 1986, was presented with long service and good conduct medals by Chief Fire Officer Roy Wilsher, at a ceremony at County Hall, Hertford.
Accompanied by his children, Jeff joined other firefighters from across the county, who between them have notched up more than 200 years' service.
The medals, which are issued by Royal Warrant, are awarded to firefighters who have completed 20 years or more service, and have shown meritorious conduct.
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Jeff said: "It is an absolute honour to receive such an award, and it is fantastic to be recognised for what you do.
"It's a great achievement, and my friends and family are also very proud."
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He has also been based at St Albans and Hertford, where he worked for four and 10 years respectively, and has been at the Royston station since 2000. Jeff described his time as a firefighter as an enjoyable experience.
He said: "My time has been very interesting to say the least.
"Every day is different - from rescuing cats from trees to emergency callouts."
The 44-year-old, who also lives in Royston, added: "To be honest the time has gone quickly, and overall I've enjoyed the job immensely - and I've still got many years to look forward to.
"This is a fantastic job and I wouldn't want to do anything else."
CFO Wilsher praised the service of those at the awards, and thanked them for their hard work and dedication.
He said: "The awards ceremony provided the opportunity to thank our fire-fighters for their hard work and dedication, and to recognise the support given by their families.
"It was an honour to present these medals at such an important occasion."
Executive member for community safety Keith Emsall added: "These fire-fighters should be proud of their achievement.
"They have dedicated their careers to serving and protecting the people of Hertfordshire, which is highly commendable, and I am pleased their service has been recognised.