Royal medal honour for firefighter Chris

Chris Nuttall. (S)
Chris Nuttall. (S)

A West Craven man who has dedicated more than 40 years of his life to community safety has been honoured by the Queen.

Retained firefighter Chris Nuttall (61) spent the first 27 years of his career as a retained fireman at Barnoldswick before moving into a watch manager position at Earby Fire Station where he has spent the last 14 years.

I’m not one for the limelight but I’m really pleased

Chris

He has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Birthday Honours’ List for his services as to community safety and as well as answering emergency calls at all hours down the years, he has also done educational work, set up a young firefighters group in Barnoldswick and raised money for the Fire Fighters Charity.

Mr Nuttall said: “I got the letter in April and I could see it was from the cabinet office on behalf of Her Majesty and I thought ‘what’s this?’

“I was a little bit gobsmacked as I sat down and read through it. I’m very pleased and it is nice to be recognised.

“I was a bit like a celebrity in Earby over the weekend, I was getting the treatment, but I’ve come back down to earth now. I’m not one for the limelight but I’m really pleased.

“I’ve wanted to go to Buckingham Palace for a number of years and wondered whether I would get there and now I’ll be going.

“I would also like to take the opportunity to thank my family and all the people I have worked with over the years, because I don’t think this would have happened as I probably wouldn’t have been able to do it for so long.”