Medals from Queen for firefighters

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A GROUP of four firefighters who help to keep the Dispatch district safe have been awarded prestigious Queen’s Gallantry Medals.

ANDREW ALEXANDER (38), SANJEEV MOHLA (34), DANIEL WAREHAM (28) and MATTHEW WILLIS (29) are all based at Stockhill fire station in Basford.

The medal, which is only one level below the George Medal, is awarded to civilians for acts of bravery.

The four men were nominated for the honour after responding to a major gas explosion at a house in Basford in June 2010 that left two victims with severe injuries and destroyed the property.

The firefighters were on their way to another emergency call when the explosion happened on Stockhill Lane. They stopped and went into the crumbling property.

Despite the dangers of further explosions and risk that the building would collapse, the firefighters rescued the victims.

Nottinghamshire’s Chief Fire Officer, Frank Swann, said receiving the medals was “one of the greatest honours it is possible for anyone to achieve”.

n OUR PHOTO shows the four firefighters (from left) Matthew, Sanjeev, Daniel and Andrew outside Stockhill fire station where they are based— DISPIC NHUD12-0698-2