Firefighters’ long service is praised

The fire service presentation ceremony was at Aberdeen Town House
The fire service presentation ceremony was at Aberdeen Town House

Two Banchory firefighters were among a group of fire service personnel praised for protecting the public for a combined total of 430 years.

Watch manager Roddy Lees and Paul Shinnie have reached the 30-year milestone and were among 14 North-east colleagues who received long-service and good conduct medals.

One was presented with a 40-year certificate.

The Banchory men were presented with long-service certificates at a ceremony in Aberdeen’s Town House.

Three other firefighters received a Chief Officer Commendation for their attempts to save a woman and her young son who drowned at Aberdeen Beach in August.

The personnel’s service to their communities was marked by Assistant Chief Officer Robert Scott.

He said: “Tonight’s ceremony is all about our award recipients and I must say that every single one of you has earned this recognition - not only for long and loyal commitment to the service, but for outstanding and exemplary conduct.

“You are a credit to the service, to your chief officer, to the board and to your communities - but most importantly to yourselves and your families.”

Those who received long service and good conduct medals - for 20 years’ service - were Gordon Hutcheon (Stonehaven), Kenneth Grant (Oldmeldrum) and David Crawford (Fochabers), and crew managers Steve Kerridge (Insch), Alan Paterson (Central) and Bruce Souter (Portsoy).

Along with Roddy Lees and Paul Shinnie, the following received 30-year certificates - watch managers Dougie Annand (Buckie), Arthur Smith (Kintore) and Derek Thomson (Aberlour), temporary station manager Denise Cheyne (Control), crew managers Gary Michie (Huntly) and Harry Officer (Development Centre, Portlethen), station manager Gordon Riddel (Central).

Watch manager John Strachan (Stonehaven) received a 40-year certificate.

Meanwhile, watch manager David Gordon, firefighter Jamie Lawrie and crew manager Martin Vardy (all Central) were presented with a commendation, recognising their actions in trying to save the mother and son in the beach incident.