Watford volunteer recognised

Published: 27 Jun 2018

A volunteer dedicated to protecting Hertfordshire residents from fires won the District Volunteer of the Year award at a special ceremony held at County Hall last week.

Roger Middleton was named Hertfordshire County Council’s District Volunteer of the Year for Watford at the ninth annual awards ceremony for Community Protection volunteers.

The awards celebrated the successes of Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Trading Standards volunteers, and the staff who work with them.

Roger has run the Fire Service Museum at Watford Fire Station for many years and has helped to collect and show many items of Fire Service memorabilia dating back as far as 1850. Roger, who is an ex-Fire Officer spends his Wednesdays at the museum, come rain or shine, ensuring that the display items are well maintained and polished. He and his team of helpers spend many hundreds of hours restoring equipment to its former glory

The volunteers were presented with their awards by Chief Fire Officer and Director of Community Protection Darryl Keen.

Darryl said: “These awards are the service’s way of recognising and thanking committed volunteers for their fantastic work in the community. All of our volunteers give up their free time to protecting Hertfordshire residents from dangers such as fire, counterfeit goods and rogue traders. We are extremely proud and grateful to them, and the staff who work with them, for everything that they do.”

Terry Hone, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “This year marks the Community Protection volunteer scheme’s tenth anniversary and these awards are the perfect way to celebrate the fantastic work of our Community Protection volunteers. They have made a huge difference over the years, working with the operational crews and community safety teams to increase the number of people we can reach with safety advice and practical help.”

To find out about the Hertfordshire Year of Volunteering, and all our volunteering opportunities, visit: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/volunteering