Firefighter honoured for life-saving actions

A firefighter has been awarded for his exceptional work in helping two people in distress last year.
Anthony Doolan, a wholetime Watch Manager based at Leek Fire Station, was given the Chief Fire Officer’s (CFO) Congratulations Award, presented by CFO Rob Barber, at a ceremony at Leek Fire Station on Thursday (25 May).
It comes after he helped two distressed women on the A38 in Barton-under-Needwood in June and July 2022.
On both occasions, Anthony was able to convince them both to move away from the edge of the bridge and speak to professionals for support.
Following both incidents, Anthony worked with Samaritans to print posters and then personally pinned these to the top of the bridge to offer support to those who may be struggling. He also helped to produce business cards with support details and has since placed these cards in appliances he crews.
He is aiming for the cards to be rolled across all fire stations in Staffordshire in the future.
Anthony said: “It’s always nice to be recognised for something you’ve done. Ultimately, we are here to help people in their time of need and was fortunate to be in the right place at that time.”
Jon Jackson, Station Manager at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Anthony’s compassion, empathy and professionalism really came through to deliver a positive outcome in both of these incidents.
“He is a credit to the fire service.”