Sean RuthA top honour awarded in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list has been dedicated to staff in West Sussex Fire Service and West Sussex County Council.

West Sussex Fire Chief and Acting Chief Operating Officer at West Sussex County, Sean Ruth, was awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal. 

Sean, 49, said: “This award is a reflection of the hard work and commitment of staff across West Sussex Fire Service and West Sussex County Council. “I have been fortunate to lead great teams and I would not have received this award without their hard work, dedication and support. 

“Every day of the year they serve the residents of West Sussex and I am incredibly proud of the work they do together, making a difference to local people’s lives.” 

Sean said he had been inundated with message of congratulations since news of the honour was revealed. He said: “I'm really proud to have been given this honour and I've been incredibly humbled by the hundreds of messages of congratulations I've received.” 

Sean is one of only four people in the country to have been awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. 

The award recognises Sean’s ‘distinguished service’ to the Fire and Rescue Service. He will receive the decoration at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace. 

Below is a full list of other members of the country’s Fire and Rescue Service honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 

Queen's Fire Service Medal 

ENGLAND AND WALES

  • Ms Sally-Anne Jane Harper, Station Manager, London Fire Brigade.
  • John Pattison Mills, lately Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.
  • Peter Terence O’Reilly, County Fire Officer and Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.
  • Sean Patrick Ruth, Acting Chief Operating Officer, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.

SCOTLAND

  • Paul Connelly, Deputy Assistant Chief Officer, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
  • Bryan Cuthill, Watch Manager, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Other honours awarded

  • Steven Cameron Torrie, Q.F.S.M., lately H.M. Chief Inspector, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. For services to Fire and Rescue in Scotland.
  • Robert Thomas Carlson, Road Safety Manager, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service. For services to Road Safety.
  • Laurie ADAMS, Group Manager, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service. For services to Flood Capability Policy and Rescue Services.
  • John Charles Ball, Technician, Urban Search and Rescue, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. For services to National and International Search and Rescue.
  • John Stephen Bostwick. For services to Education and the
  • community in Barnsley and charitable services to the Fire Service Benevolent Fund.
  • Mark Nigel Evans, Watch Manager, Stratton Fire Station, Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service. For services to Disadvantaged Young People and Community Relations in Wiltshire.
  • Councillor Mark Healey, Chairman, Devon and Somerset Fire Authority. For services to Fire Safety and Fire Service Reform.
  • Miss Angela Leonora Joseph, Community Fire Volunteer, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. For service to Fire Safety.#
  • Charles McGill, Retained Watch Manager, Hardley Fire Station, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service. For services to Fire Operational

Duties

  • Michael Rodden, Officer, Arson Taskforce, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service. For services to Community Safety and the community in Northamptonshire.
  • Albert William Edward Garrett, Fire Safety Officer, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service. For services to Fire and Rescue and the community in Norwich.
  • Paul Edward Lillycrop, lately Watch Commander, Buckinghamshire, Fire and Rescue Service. For services to Fire and Rescue.
  • Antonio De Matteis, Chief Volunteer Fire Officer, Peterborough Volunteer Fire Brigade. For voluntary service to Fire and Rescue, Services in Peterborough.
  • Anne, Mrs. Metcalfe, Community Fire Safety Advocate, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service. For services to Fire Safety and Young People.
  • Christopher Nutall, Retained Firefighter, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service. For services to Community Safety.
  • Thomas James Paterson, Retained Firefighter, Cleveland Fire Brigade. For services to Fire Safety and the community in Saltburn, North Yorkshire.
  • Alan Peter White, Community Safety Officer, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service. For services to Fire Safety.
  • Charles Greville Williams, Watch Manager, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. For services to Fire Safety and the community in Burford, Oxfordshire.