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MFRS Advocate James Vernon received a Commendation for single-handedly building a new detachment for army cadets.
Second Lieutenant James was presented with his Commendation by Dame Lorna Muirhead, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Merseyside, at Liverpool Town Hall.
James, who has been a member of Merseyside Army Cadet Force for nearly six years, is credited with building the new Kensington detachment where 35 army cadets now parade.
Mile Sullivan, Head of Communications at the Forces & Cadets Association for the North West of England and the Isle of Man, said: “It is due to James’s hard work and commitment that a new detachment has flourished in an area that had little support for such a movement beforehand.”
James said: “I’m overwhelmed but honoured that my hard work and determination in opening a new detachment has been formally recognised.”
Bosley Mill incident officers honoured
MFRS Officers were commended by Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service recently at an awards ceremony to recognise their assistance during the Bosley Mill incident in 2015.
Neil Cleworth, Tony Brown and Paul Hitchen all received an award, presented by Cheshire’s Chief Fire Officer, Paul Hancock, for their contribution to the search and recovery operation after a serious explosion at the Mill in July 2015.
Investigator Joe recognised for tenacity and dedication
Incident Investigator Joe Cunliffe was presented with a Certificate of Merit by Merseyside Police for his part in a criminal investigation that saw the imprisonment of a violent offender.
Joe was nominated for the accolade by Chief Superintendent Mark Wiggins for his investigative work following a fire that took place in Tuebrook, Liverpool, in November 2015.
The perpetrator of the fire was jailed for seven years for Arson with Intent to Endanger Life after starting a blaze at his former girlfriend’s home.
The woman escaped unharmed but the fire caused £40,000 worth of damage and claimed the life of her beloved Staffordshire bull terrier dog, Naz.
Praised for his “professionalism,
dedication, tenacity and victim
focus” during the course of the
investigation, Joe received his
Certificate of Merit from Detective Superintendent Richie Salter at St Anne Street Police Station.
Joe said: “While I am pleased to receive recognition from Merseyside Police I feel this is one for the whole Incident Investigation Team at MFRS, rather than an individual accolade.
“We all provide reports to the police that result in successful convictions on a regular basis.”
James receives his Commendation from Dame Lorna Muirhead
Left - Right: Chair of MFRA Cllr Dave Hanratty, Cllr Lesley Byrom, WM Neil Cleworth, MFRS Chief Fire Officer Dan Stephens, SM Tony Brown (GM Paul Hitchen was unable to attend)
Detective Superintendent Richie Salter presents Joe with his Certificate of Merit
Joe’s Certificate of Merit
News In Brief: Firefighters removed the window of a lorry to bring the driver to safety after a collision on the M57 motorway.

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