Deserved medals for firefighters

Paul Richardson (Deputy Chief Fire Officer); Richard Cummings; Simon Lee; Mark Hutton (lives in Lancaster); David Gillon; Matt Dorrington; Peter Holland (Chief Fire Officer).
Paul Richardson (Deputy Chief Fire Officer); Richard Cummings; Simon Lee; Mark Hutton (lives in Lancaster); David Gillon; Matt Dorrington; Peter Holland (Chief Fire Officer).

FIREFIGHTERS were awarded long service and good conduct medals in recognition of 20 years’ service of a consistently high standard.

Firefighter Simon Lee from Lancaster, station manager Mark Hutton from Lancaster, crew manager David Gillon from Lancaster, and watch manager Matthew Dorrington from Heysham attended a ceremony at Lancashire Fire and Rescue Training Centre at Euxton, Chorley, to be presented with their medals.

Station manager Mark Hutton joined the brigade as a firefighter in 1991, and was promoted to crew manager in 1996, watch manager in 1997 and station manager in 2009.

He has served in Preston, Fleetwood and Lancaster Fire Stations, Central and Northern Area Headquarters and at Service Headquarters.

Firefighter Simon Lee joined as a wholetime firefighter in 1991 and has served at Morecambe and Lancaster fire stations.

Crew manager David Gillon joined in 1991, and was promoted to crew manager in 2008. He has served at Morecambe, Lancaster, Preston, St Annes and South Shore fire stations.

Watch manager Matthew Dorrington joined as a firefighter in 1991, and was promoted to crew manager in 2005. He has served at Morecambe and Lancaster, also giving 40 hours’ cover weekly for the retained duty system.

All four have remarkable stories to tell.

When at Fleetwood, Mark and his crew went to an incident in which a young man was stuck in mud, about a third-of-a-mile off shore and with night about to fall.

Simon still draws on the experience of a rescue from a house 20 years ago.

David recalls an incident in December 2004 when a man torched his own home in Morecambe, setting fires in four separate places in the second-floor flat and making no attempt to escape.

Matthew’s memorable moment came about five years ago when two girls were feared trapped by an incoming tide on sands at Half Moon Bay, Heysham.