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Queen's Birthday Honours list recognises Herts emergency services duo with MBEs

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Veronica Adlam (12062756)
Veronica Adlam (12062756)

Two members of Hertfordshire's emergency service teams have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Mick Flavin, review team manager with the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire major crime unit (MCU), was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to policing.

And health and safety manager Veronica Adlam received the same honour for her outstanding work for Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS).

Mick began his policing career with Hertfordshire Constabulary as a cadet in 1973 before becoming a regular in 1976. He worked in many different uniform and detective roles and joined the MCU in 2000. He retired in 2006 but returned as a member of police staff with the MCU, where he still works today.

He said: "I am extremely honoured. It came as a surprise to receive the letter but I am truly grateful for this recognition.

"I feel privileged to have been able to serve the public over the last four decades, and despite the challenges we face in policing, I enjoy my job as much now as I did when I began."

Veronica, who lives in Waltham Abbey with husband Mark, has worked for HFRS for almost 19 years, joining as its first non-uniformed health and safety adviser. She rose through the ranks to health and safety manager.

Following the Harrow Court tower block fire in Stevenage in February 2005, in which two Hertfordshire firefighters and a member of the public died, she wrote 'Death in the Workplace Guidance', a document which has since become an essential handbook for fire services nationwide.

Commenting on her MBE nomination, she said: "I was astonished – I had to read it multiple times before it sank in. I thought it was a mistake, but I feel incredibly privileged and humbled to accept this accolade for services to firefighter safety."

Other major incidents Veronica drew upon for the handbook include working with a senior officer on the investigation into the death of a fire officer while attending a minor car fire on the A1(M) in June 2007.

She is a chartered member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and a member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Managers (IIRSM).

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