Stansted firefighter John Birnie receives Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal for long service and good conduct
Twenty years' service at Stansted fire station has earned firefighter John Birnie the Queen’s Silver Jubliee Medal.
The married father of three was "delighted” to receive the honour for his long service and good conduct, and thanked his family, who had got used to interrupted meal times and him just "running off ".
John, 46, of Mount Drive, who has witnessed many emergencies in his career based solely in the village, said: “I love the job. Since joining in 2000 I've attended everything from animal rescues to road traffic collisions, house fires and everything in between.
"I first joined when I was 25, had a family and my children have never known any different. A lot has changed in 20 years, but it's been fun.
“A personal highlight was recently volunteering for the East of England Ambulance Service for 12 weeks. I enjoyed it so much I almost considered a career change! Those paramedics are awesome and it was brilliant just being able to help people."
Because of the pandemic, John missed out on a formal ceremony at County Hall, Chelmsford, where the medals are handed out, but instead took part in an online event, and his family was presented with a hamper.