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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Long-serving firefighter is to receive an honour

15/06/2015

Mick Warrilow and the high-tech concept car
Mick Warrilow

A long-serving member of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has been awarded an honour in Her Majesty The Queen’s birthday list.

"I was absolutely delighted when I received a letter to inform me that I had been chosen for an honour in The Queen’s birthday list, I just couldn’t believe it. I have worked for the fire and rescue service for many years and have enjoyed every minute of it. I have been lucky enough to work all over Stoke-on-Trent with some great people, both within the Service and in the communities that we serve, which has made going to work a pleasure."

Mick Warrilow - BEM

Mick Warrilow, who joined the Service 37 years ago, has been awarded a British Empire Medal for service to the community.

He has worked all over Stoke-on-Trent, beginning his career as a firefighter before becoming a Crew Manager and then a Watch Manager in Hanley. Mick now works as a Community Safety Officer.

He will attend a special ceremony later in the year when the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire will present him with a medal on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.

Mick said: "I was absolutely delighted when I received a letter to inform me that I had been chosen for an honour in The Queen’s birthday list, I just couldn’t believe it. I have worked for the fire and rescue service for many years and have enjoyed every minute of it. I have been lucky enough to work all over Stoke-on-Trent with some great people, both within the Service and in the communities that we serve, which has made going to work a pleasure.

"I don’t feel that I have gone above and beyond - everyone at the Service is very dedicated and passionate about making the area as safe as possible so I will be accepting this award on behalf of the team. I am very much looking forward to the ceremony and meeting the Queen, it really is an honour."

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford nominated Mick for the prestigious award.

He said: "Mick is an extremely dedicated person and has always given 100 per cent to the Service for a period of nearly four decades. He is an excellent representative of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, both on a local level in the communities that he serves and on a national stage. He is very deserving of this award and I am delighted that his hard work and commitment have been recognised at the highest possible level."