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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Dedicated Cannock volunteer scoops MORE Award

30/07/2014

Keith Morris and Peter Dartford
Kieth Morris and Peter Dartford

A dedicated Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service volunteer based in Cannock has scooped a MORE Award.

"It was an honour to be recongised in this way. I really enjoy being a volunteer and giving something back to the community, it is very rewarding work and I would definitely encourage anyone who is thinking of doing it, to get involved." 

Keith Morris - volunteer

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford presented Keith Morris with the ‘Fire Service Champion – Service to the Community’ trophy last night.

The Service’s annual ceremony is in its seventh year and took place at Cannock Community Fire Station.

It highlighted the excellent work carried out by operational and support staff as well as partners and volunteers.

Keith, a former IT services worker from Cheslyn Hay, said: “I was really shocked and surprised when I was told that I had been nominated for a MORE Award and absolutely delighted when it was announced that I had won. It was an honour to be recognised in this way. I really enjoy being a volunteer and giving something back to the community, it is very rewarding work and I would definitely encourage anyone who is thinking of doing it, to get involved.”   

Keith, who is based at Cannock Community Fire Station, won the award for his fantastic work delivering community safety in the west of the county. He regularly demonstrates great flexibility not only in making himself available to support the Service, sometimes at short notice, but also in communicating vital safety messages.

As one of the most experienced volunteers he leads by example, supporting new recruits and assisting their growth within the organisation. He is a role model for others and is the 'gold standard' that volunteers aspire to be.