A FIREFIGHTER based in Skegness was among 13 ‘hidden heroes’ to receive a prestigious award in deserved recognition of their service to the community.
Simon Coxell was presented with a Lincolnshire High Sheriff Award on Wednesday as a salute to his long-standing commitment to saving lives on the county’s roads.
Simon said: “I am delighted to receive this award but credit must also go out to the other firefighters who have helped me carry out this work.
“I’m always hopeful that our efforts will help reduce road traffic collisions and it’s encouraging to be recognised for doing just that.”
The High Sheriff of Lincolnshire Robin Battle presented Simon and 12 other community champions with an engraved lapel pin and certificate at a special ceremony at Lincoln Crown Court.
Mr Battle said: “One of the most important parts of my role is to meet and reward people who have gone to extraordinary lengths to make things better for others.
“These very special people have made real differences to countless lives.
“I’d like to give them each my most heartfelt thanks for the part they have played in making Lincolnshire a county to be proud of.”
Simon’s nomination was made by chief fire officer Dave Ramscar, who commended Simon on his knowledge, experience and commitment towards youth road safety, which has resulted in a ‘significant reduction in the number of deaths and serious injuries of 15 and 16-year-olds’ on the roads.
Mr Ramscar said: “Simon has been a dedicated employee of Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue for more than 20 years and is known service-wide for his dedication to finding new ways to educate Lincolnshire drivers, especially high risk road users.
“He consistently goes above and beyond what is required in the course of his day-to-day duty and has demonstrated a true and genuine commitment to furthering the road safety agenda,” he added.