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Sussex Firefighters and good citizens were recognised at a special awards ceremony

Firefighters and good citizens were recognised at a special awards ceremony held last night at Arundel Castle.

For the first time, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service combined its Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Ceremony with its Chief Fire Officer Commendation Awards, which mark courage, dedication and selflessness from people across the county.

Long Service and Good Conduct Medals are awarded nationally, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, to wholetime and retained firefighters who have completed two decades of outstanding service to their community.

They were presented by the Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex, Mrs Susan Pyper, at a special ceremony held in the historic Barons Hall in front of an invited audience of proud family and friends.

Recipients were:

• Matt Bullingham, who is based at Littlehampton and lives in Partridge Green.
• Mark Burton, who is based at Crawley and lives in Lancing.
• Chris Mooney, who is based at Worthing and lives in Bognor.
• Matt Myerscough, who is based at Haywards Heath.
• Pip Pullen, who lives and works in Chichester.
• James Smith, who lives and works in Bognor.
• Giles Sparkes, from the Training, Development and Assurance team at Worthing, who lives in Storrington.
• Ed Swain, who is based at Worthing and lives in Billingshurst.
• Mark Upperton, who lives and works in Worthing.
• Matt Wainwright, who lives and works in Shoreham.
• Chris Witten, who is based in Littlehampton and lives in Angmering.