Stapleford community hero wins award
A FIRE safety watch manager with 30 years in the service has received national recognition for his work.
Ray Burton, from Stapleford, runs the town’s 18 strong retained fire station.
He also works as a site manager at The George Spencer Academy, aiding children with fire and road safety lessons as well as equipping them for Duke of Edinburgh awards.
The 52-year-old was given a trophy for his commitment at the UK worker of the year awards, despite just missing out on the top three spots.
In the gala awards finale at the Madejski stadium in Reading, Ray missed out on the top three but was rewarded for his passion towards to his job.Mr Burton, who attended the ceremony on Friday, October 18 said:
“It was nice to be recognised – there was over 3000 people nominated and on the night the voting was done by the audience.
“I was voted in 4th place in the whole of the UK and I was quite pleased with that.”He added:
“It’s come about because of my two roles in the community – the work that I do, I get to see things that need correcting in the community and I do a lot of work with disillusioned kids.
“I think it’s important – I like to make my contribution to the community and make Stapleford a better and safer place to live. If it means I’ve got to rescue somebody at 2 O clock in the morning or make things safe at school so be it.
“I’m thankful to have been recognised for my hard work in the community. It is a fabulous competition and I hope to stay a major part of it moving forward. All of the other finalists were all worthy winners and I’m pleased to have made it this far.”
On top of his two jobs in the community, Mr Burton spends a lot of time and effort fundraising and last year helped to raise £6,000 for the Fire Fighters Charity, with a fireworks extravaganza.
Chief Executive of The Fire Fighters Charity, John Parry, said:
“Fire fighters put their lives on the line to save people like us and our families – every minute, every hour. No matter how dangerous the situation, brave fire fighters will take action. They are everyday heroes.
“Stapleford fire fighter Ray Burton is a worthy winner of the UK Worker of the Year award. Every time he deals with an incident, Ray is helping people, providing a safer environment and sometimes saving lives.
“We are grateful to our supporters that enable us to support brave fire fighters like Ray. The Fire Fighters Charity is here for every one of the UK’s serving members of fire and rescue staff – and their families. Our three rehabilitation centres help them get back on their feet after injury, illness, trauma and problems in their lives.”