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Humberside Fire and Rescue Service asks community to nominate their local hero

26 February 2013

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is asking members of the public to nominate their local hero. The winner will be chosen by public vote and will be honoured at the Service’s fifth annual Community Awards on Thursday 26 September.

Last year’s shortlisted nominees were Gareth Cooke from Hull who saved a neighbour from his burning home and Paul Anderson, also from Hull, who helped save the lives of a mother and daughter from a flat fire. Following a tightly contested public vote, the winner was Gareth who was presented with his award by Chief Fire Officer Richard Hannigan and Kevin Tighe from sponsors DFDS Seaways.

Members of the public are being asked to think of someone they know, which could be a family member, friend or colleague who they feel has acted in a heroic manner and is deserving of receiving such an award.

Katrina Goodhand, organiser of the Community Awards for Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said: “There will be a number of different awards given at the ceremony, to members of the public, our partners and staff, in recognition of the contribution they have made in creating safer communities. For the Local Hero award we are asking people to nominate someone they think has acted in a manner befitting the title of Local Hero. This does not necessarily mean that they have performed some kind of rescue, as heroic acts can be carried out by people who just make a really positive difference to others through their actions.”

Nominations can be submitted to Humberside Fire and Rescue Service by calling or texting 07581 495960, emailing localhero@humbersidefire.gov.uk or by sending a letter to:

Local Hero FREEPOST NEA3610 Humberside Fire & Rescue Service HULL HU4 7BR

The closing date for nominations is Saturday 1 June.