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Two of Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service’s Retained Watch Commanders have been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Retained Watch Commander, Ronnie Gordon Nicholl received the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), and Retained Watch Commander, Denis Henry Black received the British Empire Medal (BEM).
Ronnie, who retired from NIFRS in April 2017 and was stationed at Antrim Fire Station, has been recognised for his 54 years of distinguished service with NIFRS and for his contribution to the local community during this time.
Denis who is currently stationed at Cookstown Fire Station, has been with NIFRS for 38 years and was honoured for his longstanding services to his local community in County Tyrone.
Chairperson of NIFRS, Carmel McKinney, OBE, said:
“On behalf of NIFRS Board I offer my sincere congratulations to Ronnie and Denis on receiving these prestigious awards. They are both great ambassadors for NIFRS and these awards are testament to their dedication to both NIFRS and serving their local communities.”
Gary Thompson, Chief Fire & Rescue Officer, NIFRS said:
“On behalf of everyone in Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service I would like to congratulate Ronnie and Denis on their recognition. Both men have played crucial roles in helping to protect their local community during their distinguished careers with NIFRS. They are both very deserving of these accolades.”