Devon and Somerset fire control worker David Honeywill has been awarded a MBE in the New Year's Honours list for services to the local community.

David, who has worked in the Fire Control Room for 40 years, follows in the footsteps of his late father Samuel, former Mayor of Exeter, who also received a MBE during his service.

David, 64, works as a Watch Manager in the Central and Western Control Room of the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, at Clyst St George, near Exeter. "I am delighted and honoured by the announcement of the award of a MBE," he said.

David started his many years of voluntary service when he joined the WVRS, helping patients at Exminster Hospital and also helped with their Meals on Wheels service.

He later drove a specially-adapted minibus for the Devonian Orthopaedic Association and in 1980 became the control room representative for the Fire Fighters Charity. He was appointed to the charity's council, and continues to work as a Home Visitor and run the charity shop.

Widower David has a son and two daughters, four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Following the death of his wife June in 2006, David re-committed himself to charity work, driving for Freedom Wheels, British Red Cross, Westbank Healthy Living Centre in his home village of Exminster as well as Ide Surgery.

David is due to retire from the Fire Service in April and is planning to expand his charitable commitments, particularly with Age UK, and to spend more time with his family. He also enjoys coarse fishing.

Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell said: "I'm delighted that Dave has been awarded an MBE. This recognises many, many years of unswerving dedication to charity fundraising and to the fire and rescue service generally.

"I am delighted for him and proud to see a member of our service recognised in this way."


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