999 Awards sponsored by Eurolink Security and Technology
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The 999 Award sponsored by Eurolink Security and Technology recognises a member of the emergency services who has gone beyond the call of duty.
Winner: Jill Bundock
In October 2017 my house was burgled when my husband was climbing Mt Everest for charity. My daughter came home at lunchtime to find the door unlocked, she called the police and they arrived in 5 minutes. The police officer I am nominating took control in the most wonderful caring way, respectful that is was our home.
She knew almost immediately a suspect locally and set to work straight away, never leaving us uninformed and going over and above every step of the way. Her caring nature and determination in helping led to arrests for robbery and also for handling our precious valuables, including my wedding ring. She never lost sight that it was an invasion of our privacy and we were just a normal family who had been working hard and law-abiding all our lives.
It was my first dealing with the police for this kind of offence and we couldn't have been dealt with more care and thought, with such a great result.
This police officer was a big part in being able to retrieve money from the handler. It did not replace my ring and watches and other personal items, but it certainly helped the situation not feel as bad. I know that she worked tirelessly to help us and I can only praise the work in what must be a hard slog when she deals with so many robberies. She is a credit to the Police service.
She deserves recognition for being an outstanding asset to our community, knowing we have police officers like her looking after us, we will always be so appreciative of her hard work.
Finalist: Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service Against Cancer
Rob Bunting is the Group Manager at Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service.
Rob and his GFRS Against Cancer Team that were made up of operational and support staff from within the service, working together to fulfil Rob's idea, of pushing a hospital bed around Gloucestershire from fire station to fire station in the county. The whole of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service got involved over 6 days and ending up at the Oncology department with an entourage of fire appliances. Raising funds as they went along the 165 miles they had teams of firefighters and support staff walking along country lanes, through busy towns and covered the whole of Gloucestershire in their ambitious effort to raise as much money for Cheltenham and Gloucestershire Hospital Charity.
They raised £25,000 for cancer patients, calling in at every station to pick up a new team, sometimes they ran the distance between and some people walked, but always with a smile on their faces. They were determined to raise the funds to help people, including some of their own that were being treated for cancer. The aim was to raise a lot of money but to have an united Fire Service, something that they managed to achieve in those 6 days in September.
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