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A host of awards have been presented at a special ceremony held by our Service.
In total 38 Long Service and Good Conduct medals were awarded to staff this year and those who were able to attended the awards ceremony at Aintree Racecourse for the presentation.
Firefighters from Newton-le-Willows, St Helens and the Search and Rescue Team, based at Croxteth Community Fire Station, were also presented with the RSPCA Inspectorate Certificate of Commendation after rescuing a horse.
The five-year-old mare fell into a canal near Wargrave Road, Newton-le-Willows. Firefighters from Newton-le- Willows Community Fire Station and St Helens Community Fire Station along with the Search and Rescue Team were sent to the scene on November 30, 2014.
The horse was stuck in 4.5 foot of water before firefighters led it around 30 metres towards the canal bank.
Crews worked together to successfully free the horse, who was then checked by a paramedic, as reported on in the June edition of Hot News.
Station Manager Paul Lawless accepted the award on behalf of all three crews, several of whom were also able to attend the ceremony.
Simon Small, from the RSPCA, who presented the award at the ceremony, said: "I felt privileged to present the award to the brave crews that attended to the Horse, without the courageous intervention of the fire crews the Horse would have likely drowned. The RSPCA rely on the expertise and assistance of fire crews in all large animal rescues. Horses and other large animals present a substantial risk to those that rescue them, due to their size and unpredictable behaviour. I would like to thank the crews for this successful rescue and for the continued assistance to the RSPCA."
Former Deputy Chief Fire Officer Brian Airey QFSM, who is also a Chairman of the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society, was amongst the special guests at the event.
The award presentation by the RSPCA.
Photos: Lyndsay Young.

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