Caythorpe fire fighter honoured

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Lincolnshire firefighter Neil Fritzsche received one of the nation’s highest honours at Buckingham Palace on Friday (October 19).

Mr Fritzsche, 55, of Caythorpe, is one of just six people to be getting the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in recognition of distinguished service.

Mr Fritzsche was named in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee birthday honours list earlier this year.

He said: “I feel extremely privileged to be receiving the medal. I have enjoyed my 38 years in Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue - serving local people and helping overseas in the International Search and Rescue team has made me and my family very proud.

“I have been privileged to work with some fantastic people and in some first-class teams. Thank-you, Lincolnshire, for giving me this opportunity.”

It’s the second prestigious accolade received by area manager Mr Fritzsche this year. In August, he won special recognition from the BBC in its first-ever 999 Awards.