Neil Cole recognised in New Year Honours for his service to the community

Congratulations to Neil Cole, a retained firefighter, who has been recognised in the New Year Honours List for his services to the communities of Shanklin and the Isle of Wight.

Stephen Bates from the Cabinet Office tells us more about why Neil was nominated for a British Empire Medal. Ed

Neil has served as a retained firefighter with the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service for over 34 years.

He is also a longshoreman on Shanklin Beach and in this role has provided first aid training, beach cleaning and safety services as part of a family commitment to residents and tourists alike in Shanklin.

Valued mentor
As a retained firefighter, he has diligently served the local and wider community and has acted as a mentor to many young firefighters who have benefited from his experience.

He gives of his time generously and is unstinting in his drive to improve the local community and to actively promote the role of the community citizen.

Devoted to local community
His devotion to the local community has more recently seen him take on the volunteer role as a caretaker of community amenities in Shanklin including the maintenance of local public conveniences to ensure their availability to local communities and residents. He has over many years led a range of charitable events for a range of both local and national charities.

It was in recognition for his devotion to local civic duty that he was recently awarded the Isle of Wight Emergency Services Person of the Year and the overall Local Hero 2011.

Saturday, 29th December, 2012 12:01am



Filed under: Community, Fire, Isle of Wight News, Shanklin, Top story, Volunteering

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  1. freddie morris

    29.Dec.2012 12:23pm

    Congratulations Neil, well deserved and long overdue. Keep up the good work.

  2. Anthony Wood

    29.Dec.2012 1:20pm

    If anyone deserves to be recognised, this man does. Well done Neil.

  3. Don Smith

    30.Dec.2012 1:17am

    Congratulations Neil, Very well deserved.

    However, one must make comparisons, and I regret that far too many people, in particular, people who do nothing but participate in MINOR sports, get these gongs, etceteras for doing nothing but doing an activity they have chosen to do. Some people prefer darts or dominoes.

    How many people in the world can afford to send a horse to the Olympics; the same can be said for yachts, boats and canoes. How many third world countries have a an indoor cycle track or pay £4000 to buy a racing cycle?

    True Olympians are those who take on the world, I refer especially to athletes, boxers, swimmers, etceteras; were all that is needed is physical skill and the world can participate..

    I am saddened that the great achievement of Mo Farah was not FULLY recognised, to win two gold medals on the track, in two of the hardest events on the track, against all comers; was a superhuman achievement. Kelly Holmes did it and was made a dame.

    Whoever selects people for honours and gongs does surprise me at times. How a failed banking watchdog becomes a Knight was a surprise, but a donation of £100.000 to the Tory party may have helped to enhanced his achievement.

    Soon these Olympians will be on par with our football players; and here am I thinking that the Lottery was for good causes.

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