Two firefighters from Lichfield scooped top awards in Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s annual MORE Awards recognising the hard work of members of staff, teams and local partners.
Latvian-born Arturs Gorovnovs was named Fire Service Champion 2013 at the ceremony, after being nominated by his colleagues for his community work.
Sharron Finch was named Fundraiser of the Year for her sterling efforts to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity.
Chief Fire Officer/ Chief Executive Peter Dartford said: “These awards are an important opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate the remarkable efforts and achievements of our colleagues, partners and authority members.
"However, these are just a few examples of the many extraordinary initiatives that are being undertaken across our organisation on a daily basis - within an increasingly challenging environment - and which consistently deliver positive improvements to the lives and wellbeing of local people."
Arturs played a significant role at the scene of a serious traffic collision which earned him praise from the police incident commander and ambulance staff.
Born in Latvia, Arturs helped emergency services gain vital information when a Lithuanian driver suffered serious head injuries in a collision on the M6 Toll Road. The young man was anxious about his sister and a police helicopter was mobilised to search for her. Arturs spoke to the driver in Russian, and thus assisted paramedics to quickly assess his injuries – and eventually establish his sister had not been in the car at the time.
Arturs also uses his language skills when assisting with Home Fire Risk Checks amongst Lichfield’s large community of European migrant workers.
Arturs said: "Im really pleased to get this award. I didn’t expect to be nominated so im very thankful to the crew for nominating me. Arturs will be looking at new ways of using his language skills to engage with the community."
Sharron won her award for her admirable efforts to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity. She chose to focus on the cause after using its support services following a personal bereavement. Sharron has already raised several thousand pounds, with the help of her colleagues, from events in the including car washes, stalls in the city and recycling mobile phones.
Sharron Finch said: "I am extremely proud of the support I have received from my colleagues at Lichfield Fire Station as I could not have done this without them."