18 Oct #Chelmsford: Firefighters receive commendations from Chief Constable
Seven firefighters have received Chief Constable’s commendations after going beyond the call of duty to protect others.
The firefighters were joined by friends and family for a special ceremony at Police HQ in Chelmsford on Monday thee 17th of October..
In May 2016, Firefighters Barrie May, Angus Neale, Simon Say, Sarah Stibbs, Simon Doe, Ricky Jones and Robert Cork were called to an incident in Southend, involving a man who was dousing a house in petrol and attempting to ignite it with his partner and children still inside.
When the firefighters arrived, they were confronted by the man who started throwing petrol at them. During the altercation, one firefighter, Simon Say, was injured after having petrol thrown in his eyes.
The firefighters worked together to restrain the man until the arrival of the police, who then arrested him for attempted arson with intent to endanger life.
Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh said: “One of the greatest honours I have as Chief Constable is to open up these doors and say thank you to our officers and staff for the amazing things they do on a daily basis.
“Today reaffirms what we already know; that there are some truly remarkable firefighters working in this county who regularly go above and beyond for the community they serve. You have shown remarkable courage and compassion in the face of real danger.”
Roger Hirst, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said “You have demonstrated a character, determination and bravery that I find truly humbling. On behalf of the people of Essex, I’m honoured to be able to say thank you in person.”