Honour for Wickhambrook resident

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Wickhambrook resident John Barton, General Secretary of the Retained Firefighters Union, has been awarded an OBE for services to fire and rescue in the recent Queen’s birthday honours.

RFU President Tony Morgan said:

“Each year we see fitting recognition for those who have made an extraordinary contribution to public service through the Fire and Rescue Service,  be it operationally or in other equally vital service departments.

“ I offer my congratulations to all the recipients of awards.

“This year in particular I am also pleased that RFU General Secretary John Barton has been appointed an OBE in the list.

John has in total 40 years of service behind him, 30 years as an operational firefighter and officer-in- charge and almost 15 years as a full time official, five years whilst still operational.

“This award is well deserved.”

Mr Barton said: “To have received such an award came as a total surprise but one which I shall always be extremely proud of.

“In accepting it, I do so as a tribute to my former colleagues at Wickhambrook Fire Station, whose enthusiasm, dedication and professionalism could never be challenged; to close colleagues Tristan, Jenny, Christine and Fran at head office, and RFU officials throughout the country, who work silently on behalf of members on a daily basis.”